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At Rural Energy, we understand that the world of renewable energy and sustainable solutions can sometimes seem complex and filled with technical jargon. That's why we've created this comprehensive Glossary Page – to help demystify and clarify the terms and concepts you'll encounter on your journey towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Whether you're a homeowner looking to make energy-efficient upgrades, a business exploring renewable energy options, or simply someone curious about the latest eco-friendly technologies, our glossary is here to provide clear, concise definitions.

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Oil Boiler Efficiency

A measure of how effectively an oil-fired boiler converts fuel energy into usable heat, typically expressed as a percentage.

Oil Burner

A burner that atomizes fuel oil and blows it into the combustion chamber in the form of a fine mist or vapor. Steam or mechanical motion plus air may be used as the operating medium.

Oil Filter

A component in oil-fired heating systems that removes impurities, contaminants, and particles from the fuel oil, ensuring clean and efficient combustion.

Oil Fired Water Heater

A water heating appliance that uses oil as a fuel source to heat water for domestic hot water supply in heating systems.

Oil Nozzle

A component in oil-fired heating systems that delivers a controlled spray of fuel oil into the combustion chamber or burner assembly for ignition and combustion.

Oil Pressure Switch

A safety device in oil-fired heating systems that monitors oil pressure, shutting down the system if pressure falls below or exceeds acceptable levels.

Oil Tank Safety Valve

A valve in oil storage tanks that releases pressure or prevents overfilling, reducing the risk of tank rupture or fuel spills in heating systems.

On-Demand Water Heater

A type of water heater that heats water only when needed, providing instantaneous hot water for domestic use in heating systems.

Open Flue

A type of chimney or venting system in heating systems that allows combustion gases to escape to the outdoors without mechanical assistance.

Operating Control

A control to start and stop the burner; it must be set below the high limit control.


(1) The opening from the whirling chamber of a mechanical atomizer or the mixing chamber of a steam atomizer thru which the liquid fuel is discharged. (2) A calibrated opening in a plate, inserted in a gas stream for measuring the velocity of flow.

Outdoor Air Temperature Sensor

A sensor in heating systems that measures the ambient temperature outdoors, used for weather compensation and control strategies.

Outside tank

an oil storage tank that lives outside your home. Outside oil tanks should be filled with Kerosene of some type of heating oil and diesel blend.

Overheating Protection

Safety mechanisms in heating systems that prevent equipment or components from reaching excessively high temperatures, reducing the risk of damage or hazards.


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