With rising energy prices, pollution, and the ever increasing awareness for a greener environment, many people are considering heating options which is clean, safe and environmentally friendly.
Ethanol is one of these – since it is made from plants, which does not release any new carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air. The only CO2 that can be released is the gas which was absorbed by the plants as they grew. Ethanol when burning is similar to a human breathing – small amounts of water vapour and carbon dioxide with no harmful or toxic substances are emitted.
Ethanol is also known by the names 'ethyl alcohol' and 'grain alcohol'. It has a unique scent and is very flammable, colourless and tasteless in its pure form. It is a mildly toxic chemical compound, and is the same alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. It is generally referred to simply as "alcohol". For use as a heating fuel, ethanol is "denatured" with the addition of small amounts of other components that make it toxic for human consumption. By this process, denatured alcohol is not subject to the same taxes that are levied on beverage alcohols intended for human consumption. The denatured ethanol in this form is commonly known as 'bio fuel' or 'bio ethanol'.