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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 payment.

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 climate change."

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 info@proulxoilandpropane.com 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.

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