He came up with the idea after enduring several years of skyrocketing heating bills at the family gas station he manages. The steep jump in oil prices was unbearable and it got him thinking.
Local Man Heats Home Using Free Vegetable Oil
Aliahmad recalled that while he wondered what to do to reduce his heating costs, he looked at the waste oil his gas station collected from oil changes and observed how similar it looked to the oil he was buying.
He questioned why he was paying more and more for deliveries of heating oil while at the same time paying fees to get rid of the waste oil collected. He decided to find a way to recycle the waste oil as a fuel for his burner. By the middle of that winter he had retrofitted his boiler so that he was using half waste oil and half heating oil. Soon enough, after working out all the glitches, he was burning all recycled waste oil and his heating bill was down to zero.
Aliahmad considered obtaining a patent, and while talking to an attorney friend about the issue, he was asked about the possibility of using vegetable oil in his system. A light went off in his head and by early spring 2007 he had retrofitted his home boiler to burn used vegetable oil that he could get for free from the restaurants near his home on Rockaway Boulevard.