Oil Heat in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Approximately 39% of homes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts use Oilheat, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
The Massachusetts Legislature recently mandated the use of renewable, environmentally friendly Bioheat in the state. In 2010, Oilheat must contain at least 2% biofuel. In 2013, the mandatory biofuel component will increase to a minimum of 5%. (Bioheat® is ASTM-approved for all Oilheat systems.)
The state of Massachusetts recently passed new requirements for the oil tank lines that transport your home heating fuel from your tank to your burner or furnace. Effective July 1, 2010, tank lines in direct contact with the floor require new non-metallic sleeves and a safety valve. Our technicians can inspect your system and tell you if you need these upgrades. The new law also requires insurance companies to offer coverage against losses from heating oil spills. These incidents are rare, and while insurers are required to offer the coverage at a reasonable fee (currently estimated to be approximately $20.00 per year), homeowners are not required to purchase it.