Vegetable oil heats eco friendly Stirlingshire family home

A family in Drymen is the first in Scotland to heat their home with recycled vegetable oil.

The revolutionary renewable fuel has been identified as one of the most important alternative clean energy sources in the fight against climate change.

Jodie Allan converted the heating system in her family home to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent.

The groundbreaking annual trial on their property in Drymen, Stirlingshire, is designed to collect data and promote the use of green fuel in place of traditional heating oil.

It is hoped that the project, supported by trade associations from the UK and Irish Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) and Oil and Renewable Heating Technologies (OFTEC), will help Scotland take a significant step towards net zero by 2045 do.

Jodie said, “We switched to HVO in March and everything went smoothly with no difference to the heating.

“Depending on the particular system being converted, the cost will be anywhere from £ 500 to £ 1,000. The HVO is stored in our existing 1,200 liter tank and in the colder months we will use an estimated 20 liters per day.

“It’s great to be part of the 12 month pilot program and hopefully the results can convince others that switching from fossil fuels to HVO is the way to go.”

Jodie, 38, is a former UKIFDA President and has proposed her own home to be part of the process that is going on across the UK.

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There are 129,000 oil-heated houses in Scotland and over 1.5 million in the UK, both accounting for about five percent of total inhabited houses.

Jodie, General Manager of Fuel Distributor James D. Bilsland added, “The current cost of renewable liquid fuels is roughly three times that of traditional heating oil, and while the cost of conversion is much lower than other solutions, it might for some be an obstacle.

Hopefully the trial will help generate interest in HVO, increase fuel supplies and reduce costs. The benefits for the environment are obvious. “

UKIFDA, which is behind the pilot, wants both the Scottish and Westminster governments to get back on track. CEO Ken Cronin said, “We are excited about the prospect of decarbonising the off-grid housing stock. HVO is an existing product and solution that can help us move towards net zero. It’s an easy transition.

“It also has significant benefits for the industry. Scotland employs over 800 people directly in the oil heating industry with a turnover of £ 853 million.

“HVO can help protect the environment and give the liquid fuel sector some future. We want both governments to work with us now to actively promote the adoption of a renewable liquid fuel. “

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