Open a can of new motor oil and you’re met with a clear, amber colored liquid. Look at the oil that comes out of your vehicle during a routine oil change and you’ll be amazed at the grit, grime and darkness of the used motor oil. Will your dark, sludgy oil end up being of value or will it end up harming the environment?
If your service center uses a waste oil retrieval system, the answer is that your used motor oil can be recycled and turned into energy. For almost 30 years Clean Burn furnaces and boilers have been transforming used-oil generated by cars, trucks, heavy equipment, boats, RVs and other vehicles into free heat. Rather than haul away used motor oil and risk environmental spills and contamination of the earth, owners of EPA-approved Clean Burn units are gaining free heat while making a positive environmental impact.
“Within a very short time, the investment in a Clean Burn used-oil heating system pays back more handsomely than any other alternative available,” says Michael Shirk, president and CEO of Clean Burn. “These units are a wise investment for our customers. Whether you’re a farmer maintaining a fleet of equipment or a car repair shop, the return-on-investment with these units is amazing. They eliminate the liability and costs of taking used motor oil off-site for disposal while also lowering heating costs and saving energy.”
Each year millions of gallons of used oil are recycled through Clean Burn furnaces and boilers worldwide. This tremendous amount of used-oil would otherwise be transported on highway systems and pose a considerable risk to spills and/or contamination to the environment.
“Energy costs have soared in 2008 and are expected to rise steadily into 2009,” says Shirk. “Clean Burn customers are protected from the high costs of energy because they turn their used-oil into a free source of heat.”
The wide variety of industries saving on energy costs by using Clean Burn systems include farms and agri-businesses, excavation and mining companies, recycling and salvage facilities, new car dealerships, carwashes, tire and quick lube centers, construction companies, automotive service and repair facilities and fleet operation centers. “If a company produces more than 500 gallons of used motor oil a year, it makes sense to invest in a boiler or furnace system to recycle the waste oil,” says Shirk.
Clean Burn is an ENERGY STAR partner. The company holds numerous industry certifications and works with the U.S. government, the Environmental Protection Agency and various associations to help coordinate the establishment of standards and regulations related to heat recovery and recycling efforts involving used motor oils. For more information on Clean Burn, visit www.cleanburn.com or call (800) 331-0183.