Renewable Home Heating Oil Deal Offered to UNH Employees & Students
July 23, 2008
A partnership between 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 heating season.
Proulx is offering bioheat (B20)-- a mix of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent
heating oil-- at a fixed price of $4.6450 per gallon during the home heating
season (October 1 – April 30) to UNH employees and students. This offer
is only available through August 1 and only for those customers paying by electric
pay or check.
Downside protection, the ability to pay less per gallon should market costs
drop, is also available for $.46 cents per gallon. Downside protection must
be pre-paid when customers submit a signed contract.
For example, if a customer wants to secure 1,000 gallons of bioheat with downside
protection for the heating season, they would be guaranteed not to pay more
than $4.6450 per gallon and if the daily price is lower, they would pay the
lower rate. Securing this contract would require pre-paying $460 or only the
$.46 cents per gallon downside protection cost if paid by electronic funds
Proulx will also donate $5 from each bioheat contract signed to the New Hampshire
Carbon Challenge, a non-profit group located at UNH and dedicated to helping
New Hampshire households reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds
per year. (Take the challenge at nhcarbonchallenge.org.)
"We are very grateful to Proulx Oil and Propane's continued support of
our efforts to assist New Hampshire households in reducing their energy consumption
and environmental impact" said Denise Blaha and Julia Dundorf, co-founders
of the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge. "Bioheat is a viable alternative
to homeowners seeking to reduce their carbon emissions and thus the risks of
To sign up for bioheat home heating, call Donna Lund or Allison Payson at
Proulx at (800) 287-1921, mention the UNH program, and have your staff or student
identification number ready. You can also email Donna and Allison 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 we’re very excited
about it,” said Jim Proulx, president of Proulx Oil and Propane. “With
energy costs continuing to rise in much of the country, we’re 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 proulxoil.com.
“UNH is committed to being a climate protection campus that pursues
a sustainable energy future through emissions reduction policies, practices,
research, and education,” said Sara M. Cleaves, associate director of
the University Office of Sustainability. “Our partnership with Proulx
Oil and Propane helps our faculty, staff and off-campus students save money
and reduce their carbon footprints.”
Discover the sustainable learning community at UNH at sustainableunh.unh.edu and discoversustainability.org.