Industry experts say that heating rural homes in Wiltshire with used cooking oil may be the most effective way to reduce the areas carbon footprint.
The proposal was made during the first edition of Green GB Week.
There are presently 36,000 oil heated homes in Wiltshire that are not connected to the gas grid. The trade association responsible for the oil heating industry has restated its strategy that is designed to help the affected homes to make the switch to renewable oil blend based on used cooking oils, fats and grease.
Known as the green biofuel, these oil blends could be pivotal in reducing carbon emissions and ensuring a long term sustainable solution that can be used to heat homes that are not connected to gas. Plans are already underway to test the new fuel for real.
Malcolm Farrow from OFTEC commented: “As part of Green GB Week we are all being encouraged to take steps to reduce our carbon emissions and the recent international report from climate change scientists highlights the urgency.
“One way we can do this is by looking at new ways of heating our homes.
“Here in Wiltshire heating oil is very popular due to its low price and flexibility and, although it sounds strange, switching these homes to a biofuel, which blends kerosene with an oil derived from waste products, is a realistic, practical and cost-effective solution.”
Households would continue to enjoy the benefits of a liquid fuel, such as topping up when they want to and shopping around for the best price, whilst also drastically cutting their carbon emissions.”
So far other renewable heating technologies currently available for rural homes have seen limited take up due to high up-front costs as well as the significant disruption involved with installation which has put many households off making the move.