It’s time to look in the cupboard because an everyday household item could be the cure for reducing your heating bill and helping the environment. 

MP, George Eustice, is encouraging the government to allow for homes heated using kerosene tanks to be allowed to use the biofuel Hydrogen Vegetable Oil (HVO) without duty costs as a way of cutting their bill and helping reduce carbon emissions.

HVO is a fossil-free, sustainable fuel made using vegetable oils and animal fats, and can be produced from waste feedstocks and cooking oil. The benefits of HVO include:

  • 88% reduction in carbon emissions
  • 27% reduction in nitrous-oxide emissions

There have been case studies across the country showing the benefits of kerosene and diesel alternative: lorries in Scarborough running off HVO; a tested home in Cornwall that has achieved a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from the change; and Kehelland Village School has cut its costs by a third by using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in its boilers. The school commented that “the fuel itself is brilliant. There’s no smell, it’s not carcinogenic, and there are no side effects.”

So, why aren’t we using it?

To help with the rising cost of fuel and the government’s Net Zero target the government is pursuing oil tank users to install heat pumps.

Eustice told the Guardian: “The cost to some households is prohibitively expensive, and will create a whole new industry of patching up old boilers. A good option is being overlooked here in favour of the best option, but if emissions can be reduced significantly and quickly it makes sense.”

We currently offer HVO as a trial for commercial use for road vehicles. Head to our socials to let us know what you think of the fuel alternative.