Going Green

Taking care of yourself and taking care of the environment doesn’t have to be a choice any more, at least when it comes to heating your home.

Bioheat is a no-compromise replacement for heating oil. Bioheat fuel is low-polluting heating oil mixed with vegetable based oil that burns cleaner, reducing the cost and inconvenience of cleaning your furnace while also keeping the air cleaner.

Solar panels can save you money on your electric bills as well as reduce your carbon footprint. We can set you up with a free quote to see if your home qualifies for solar.

Energy Audits

The Co-op now offers energy audits in the greater Hartford area. Heating and cooling systems account for more than 56% of a home’s energy use. With energy prices higher than ever before, is your home as efficient as it should be?

Improving energy efficiency is the simplest, most cost-effective way to combat rising fuel costs and make your home more comfortable. The first step is to understand the condition and performance of your home, winter or summer.

Citizen’s Oil Co-op provides home energy audits to determine the most practical and cost-effective ways to increase the energy performance of your home. Often, a few targeted improvements can make a tremendous impact while helping you to avoid costly and unnecessary home improvement repairs.

A Home Energy Audit might confirm what you are thinking about problems in your home and could very likely find other issues that need to be addressed. Our expert consultants will prescribe practical solutions to resolve these issues. We have the diagnostic tools needed to analyze what the eyes cant see and the ability to locate whole house issues, that when resolved will provide a more comfortable and energy efficient place to live. Key factors in homeowner decision-making should include economic impact and estimated return on investment (ROI) of major improvements. Our in-depth Home Audit provides you with the tools needed to make wise decisions on future home improvements, and energy efficient changes for your home. The cost of the audit is $174.00 for homes using oil and $149.00 for homes using natural gas. The amount for the audit is paid to Wesson Energy at the time the audit is conducted.

If you heat with oil, Bioheat is the perfect compliment to a home energy audit, further reducing your carbon footprint and cleaning up the air in your neighborhood.

Solar Energy

How do I get started with solar?

Basically a representative will contact you and sit down with you to talk about the benefits of using solar. They will do an assessment of you home to determine whether solar panels are right for you. There are federal and state tax incentives by going solar and the benefits to the environment help everyone.

How does solar work?

Solar panels collect energy from the sun and convert it into DC power. The DC power from the solar panels is sent to a solar inverter, where it is converted into AC power for use in your home. AC power travels from the solar inverter to your electrical breaker box. The utility meter measures your electrical supply. When your solar energy system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards as that power is sent to the grid for others to use. Your next utility bill is credited for the power you’ve added to the grid.

Will solar save me money?

Solar helps homeowners lower their electricity bills with solar power. Going solar locks in a fixed electric rate and reduces the cost of the electricity you buy each month. Most solar customers pay about 25% less than they were paying their old electric company for traditional power.
A locked-in rate means protection from unpredictable electricity bills and utility rate increases. Our customers always know what their energy costs will be, so they can focus on the more important parts of life. When you sign up through the Co-op, you receive a $500.00 check card upon completion and activation.

How do I know if solar is right for me?

You want to reduce your carbon footprint. You own your own home. Your monthly electric bills are increasing, fluctuating, or higher than you’d like. Your roof is in relatively good condition and has east, west, or south faces without excessive shade.

What are the benefits of solar energy?

While in use, solar panels create absolutely no waste or emissions. Unlike fossil fuel power plants, they produce clean, renewable energy from a fuel source that requires no locating, excavation, transportation, or combustion. It’s a simpler, cleaner, and an all-around better energy solution.


What is Bioheat?

Bioheat (B20) is a blend of 80% low sulfur No. 2 home heating oil and 20% biodiesel. This is a blend that can be used in your home oil burning furnace, as well as in diesel operated automobiles. This blend percentage ensures the safe and consistent operation of your current furnace while maximizing the environmental benefits of biodiesel.

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a cleaner burning, domestic and renewable fuel that can be refined from vegetable oil, animal fats or waste grease. The biodiesel we use currently in our B20 blend is supplied to us by Greenleaf Biofuels. Biodiesel meets all ASTM requirements and is the only EPA approved alternative fuel to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

What is pure Biodiesel like?
  • It’s less toxic than table salt.
  • It biodegrades as fast as sugar.
  • It blends easily with petroleum products.
  • It also provides an opportunity to recycle waste cooking products.
Why should I use Bioheat?
  • It’s renewable.
  • It burns cleaner in your furnace, initially causing more frequent filter changes but within a year requiring less cleaning, less often.
  • All our biodiesel is filtered to 1 micron increasing the quality and reliability of the fuel and is sampled regularly.
  • It reduces exhaust emissions including toxins by up to 78% (16% in a B20 blend).
  • It substantially reduces unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter, thus reducing the localized formation of smog.
  • It dramatically reduces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nPAH), which have been identified as potential cancer causing compounds.
  • It essentially eliminates emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (20% reduction in a B20 blend), thus reduces major components of acid rain.
  • It reduces global warming gas emissions.
What about the bigger picture?

Using bioheat supports our domestic economy, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and enhances our national security. A typical household using B20 bioheat reduces CO2 emissions by 15% and particulate pollution by 20% — emitting 3,200 lbs. less CO2 annually.  Environmentally, using bioheat significantly decreases emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter that contribute to lung disease and cancer. Bioheat can be part of the solution to a global problem and an anchor for the future.

What about the cost?

The cost of bioheat is running about the same as the cost of the co-op pricing for No.2 home heating oil. The industry is confident that demand as well as a heightened sense of responsibility and environmental stewardship, the cost of bioheat continues to become more competitive. With all energy costs rising, a B20 blend reflects the increase of petrodiesel also. Contact the Citizen’s Oil Co-op to find out what current prices are or refer to our pricing page on this site.

What towns are being served?

Currently, about half of the towns in Connecticut are offering bioheat with the discounted price available through your co-op membership. In locations where it is not currently available, you can get 10 neighbors interested in switching to bioheat and we might be able to get the company to serve your town. Click on the map above to see all towns presently served.

Couple bioheat with a home energy audit to reduce the cost of heating while creating a cleaner environment.