New Hampshire college heats campus with used cooking oil

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Things are heating up at New Hampshire’s Keene State College, which is now using 100 percent used cooking oil to keep more than a third of its campus warm.

Officials say the college’s decision to replace their polluting heating fuel oil with purified waste vegetable oil both supports a local business and improves the air quality around campus.

The college uses the new carbon-neutral fuel for heat and hot water, and intends to increase its use of the alternative fuel in the coming years.

Officials say the cost is comparable to the old oil once renewable energy incentives are factored in.

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