U.S. automobiles consume enough fuel to cover a regulation-size football field to the depth of about 40 miles, yearly! As a nation we are consuming approximately 20 million barrels of oil a day, making our country the number one consumer of non-renewable fossil fuels in the world.
The Vegetable Oil Alternative
Vegetable oil as a fuel source may sound like a wacky idea, but the very first diesel engine was built to run on peanut oil in 1900. Recently there has been an increase for the use of vegetable oil fuel in diesel engines: Biodiesel and recycled vegetable oil. Biodiesel is a chemically altered vegetable oil that can run in existing, non-converted diesel engines. Used vegetable oil, fryer grease, can be filtered and poured directly into a converted diesel engine.
Benefits of Vegetable Oil Fuel
Vegetable oil burned as fuel does not emit sulfur dioxide (SO2), a main compound in diesel responsible for acid rain. Recycled vegetable oil fuel produces 78% less carbon dioxide (CO2), the dominant greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, 48% less carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, 48% less asthma-causing particulate matter, and 80% less cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s) than petroleum diesel.
How are you disposing of your oil?