Biodiesel can be beneficial throughout our communities and could gain much greater adoption through a process of education. Here are just 10 of the top reasons to think about from the use of biodiesel.
The EPA has certified that biodiesel has considerable health benefits as compared to conventional fuels. In the case of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, biodiesel represents a 78% reduction. This is especially important as the EPA has recently confirmed that greenhouse gases are hazardous to our health. Check out Merv’s blog.
2. High BTU.
BTU is a measurement used to rank any energy output (British thermal units) and pure biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any fuel. It is several times more effective than traditional gasoline when we compare the units of fossil fuel energy required to produce an equivalent amount.
3. Safety first.
As biodiesel has a very high combustion point, it is far safer than traditional fuels. In its purest form it is biodegradable and is almost completely non-toxic.
4. Promotes less waste.
If you use waste oil, such as cooking oil received from restaurants, then the resulting biodiesel will truly have turned a waste product into usable energy. How often do we see waste oil being transferred to our waterways and systems, rather than being disposed of properly thereby wasting a huge financial resource?
5. Can be used without modification.
Biodiesel mixes without any modification with petro diesel. It can be used in any strength or in place of regular diesel. As such it is an option available right now to make your diesel engine vehicles more sustainable.
6. Promotes longer life.
By using biodiesel in your vehicle you can enjoy additional lubricity, which in turn will promote a long life for your engine.
7. Helps support energy security.
Soy is one of the more widely available and domestically grown products in the USA. By keeping costs within the countries where biodiesel is produced, we help to secure our economies from the crazy spikes we have seen plaguing traditional energy availability.
8. Could provide replacement jobs.
We have lost so many important jobs to the brutal downturn in the economy. Biodiesel fuel production could help to concentrate money for new jobs related to this industry, rather than sending revenues for our current petroleum needs out of the country and helping to create jobs overseas.
9. Regions benefit.
By placing a lot of focus on the production of biodiesel, we can help to repair downturns we sustain and bolster regional economies around the nation. Farmers can get a new and dynamic return for their work and can view stability for the future as demand increases and is solidified.
10. It’s better for our health.
While widespread use of biodiesel will certainly lead to fewer greenhouse gases in our environment, helping to reverse climate change and potential environmental damage, it will also emit fewer carcinogens and other cancer-causing components.
All in all, a considerable number of reasons to consider making biodiesel for our country’s future transportation needs. Why not start a trend by creating your first few gallons of homemade biodiesel? Your actions may well catch on. Check Merv’s book for your equipment needs.