What are the alternatives for kerosene with declining crude oil reserves?

Like the dinosaurs, crude oil is going to die out, and we need to begin looking for alternatives to kerosene for heating our buildings. While there are alternative energy sources in various stages of development, kerosene prices are still the most cost effective for many areas of the country, and it’s easy to find local kerosene suppliers.

Kerosene Alternatives – Wood

First came wood, then came fire. That technology kept us warm for a long time but today, demand far outstrips supply. In addition, compared to kerosene fuel, it is terribly inefficient and cost prohibitive. It may serve as an adjunct to our main heating source, and to create a lovely setting, but as a primary source, its day has passed.

Kerosene Alternatives – Natural Gas

Gas is an excellent alternative provided when there is access to the gas lines. If not, the capital investment to bring gas lines to the building can be significant. Once installed, it will still be subject to the vagaries of the market place and the subsequent price fluctuations, similar to other commodities.

Kerosene Alternatives – Solar, Wind, Geothermal

All of these energy sources are finding their way into the home, but for now, some of them may be more of a political statement than an economical energy source. In addition, solar or wind may be prohibited or restricted by building codes or ordinances limiting visual obstructions. Geothermal may require more land to bury the water circulation lines than is available, and it may have the most expensive start-up costs.

Kerosene Alternatives – Electric

Using electric heat is usually quite expensive and does not negate the use of fossil fuels, including kerosene. The electric company must be processing one or more of the aforementioned energy sources to provide that electricity. The burden of converting the fuel to electricity, merely introduces another profit centre between us and the source of our heat.

As technology continues to develop, the economics of one or more of these alternatives may improve to the point where they become a smart financial decision, rather than an expensive lifestyle choice.

In the meantime, finding kerosene suppliers in the area and comparing kerosene prices will be the best answer. As an added benefit, they can suggest ways to save energy and money with small improvements to our homes or offices. Start planning now to ensure this winter’s supply of kerosene fuel will be delivered on time and at the best possible price.