Renewable Home Heating Available to Employees and Students
July 11, 2007
A partnership between the UNH’s Climate Education Initiative and Proulx
Oil and Propane of Newmarket once again brings renewable home heating to
UNH employees and students this coming fall and winter.
Proulx is offering bioheat (B20) - a mix of 20% biodiesel and 80% heating
oil - at a fixed price of $2.629 per gallon during the home heating season
(October 1 April 30) with no pre-buy requirement to employees and students.
This offer is only available through August 1. Downside protection -- the
ability to pay less per gallon should market costs drop and no more than
$2.629 per gallon even if market prices increase -- is also available for
15 cents per gallon.
In addition, Proulx will also donate $5 from each bioheat contract signed
to both the fund established to support the daughters of former UNH Office
of Sustainability associate director -- and great supporter of renewable
energy -- Crescentia Healy-True, who passed away in 2006 from breast cancer,
and the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge, a non-profit group located at UNH
dedicated to helping New Hampshire households reduce their carbon dioxide
emissions by 10,000 pounds per year. (Take the Challenge at carbonchallenge.sr.unh.edu.)
"We are deeply appreciative of Proulx Oil and Propane’s support
of our efforts to encourage New Hampshire residents to reduce their household
greenhouse gas emissions, said Denise Blaha and Julia Dundorf, co-founders
of the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge. “Bioheat is an exciting way
for homeowners to significantly reduce their carbon emissions while decreasing
our collective reliance on foreign oil."
To sign up for bioheat home heating, call Donna Lund at Proulx at (800)
287-1921, mention the UNH program, and have your staff or student identification
number ready. Or email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the
subject line "UNH Bioheat.
Bioheat can be used in existing oil-burning furnaces with no modification.
A blend of traditional #2 heating oil and organic material such as refined
vegetable oil, renewable bioheat is proven to burn cleaner than regular heating
oil, thus reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, soot, and
hydrocarbons. Bioheat also costs the same as traditional home heating oil
sold by Proulx, and lessens reliance on foreign oil.
“Bioheat is a great renewable energy product and were very excited
about it, said Jim Proulx, president of Proulx Oil and Propane. “With
energy costs continuing to rise in much of the country, were pleased to be
able to offer this opportunity to the UNH community.”
Proulx Oil and Propane is family owned and operated with over 60 years of
service in New Hampshire and southern Maine. For more information, visit
“The evidence is clear that climate change is happening now in New
England and that we need to lower our greenhouse gas emissions in as many
ways as we can including by using locally-produced, renewable energy,” said
Sara Cleaves, associate director of the Office of Sustainability. “UNH
is committed to being a Climate Protection Campus that continuously reduces
emissions and saves money through conservation, energy independence, research,
and education. Likewise, Proulx Oil and Propane is committed to sustainability.
We thank them for partnering with us to offer the UNH community another easy
way to lessen our carbon footprint and for their generous donations to the
daughters of our greatly missed friend Crescentia and to the New Hampshire
The longest-standing endowed sustainability program in higher education
in the U.S., the UNH Office of Sustainability’s mission is to unite
faculty, staff and students in facilitating the integration of sustainability
across the university’s curriculum, operations, research, and engagement
through four initiatives that follow four foundational systems of sustainability
(our ecological, climate and energy, cultural, and food systems), and to
advance sustainability in civic and community life across the state, region
From reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases to research in organic
dairy farming, composting to courses on climate and public health, UNH is
a recognized national leader in sustainability in higher education.
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