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Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: Cape Cod Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Cape Cod, used by 62,395 or 62.83% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Cape Cod homeowners is heating oil, used by 21,024 homes (21.17%). The remaining homes are heated with electricity (11,229), propane (4,339), wood (1,401), and other fuels (1,064).

Cape Cod Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelCape Cod Households % of Households
Natural Gas62,39562.83%
Heating Oil21,02421.17%
Other Fuels3750.38%
No Fuel3210.32%

Natural gas (62.83)

Heating oil (21.17)

Electricity (11.31)

Propane (4.37)

Wood (1.41)

Other fuels (0.38)

No fuel (0.32)

Solar (0.29)

Coal (0.08)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Cape Cod

Heating oil has become less popular in Cape Cod. In the 4 years since 2018, the number of heating oil homes fell from 22,357 to 21,024, a 5.96% drop.

Cape Cod Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Cape Cod

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 2,327 to 4,339.

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 56,603 to 62,395.

Electricity use for home heating in Cape Cod

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Cape Cod. Since 2018, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 9,702 to 11,229, a 15.74% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Cape Cod

Solar is the most environmentally friendly of all space heating fuels. With an “active” solar heating system, liquid is circulated between solar panels on a home’s roof and a heat energy storage tank in the basement.

Currently, 292 homes in Cape Cod are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 131.75% increase from 2018, when only 126 homes had installed active solar heating.

Cape Cod Heating Oil Trends

Short Term Trends

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202344.3° F
Winter 2021 - 202238.1° F

Cape Cod Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Cape Cod homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 677 heating oil companies that serve Cape Cod is an important decision.

Full Service Oil Companies: Homeowners willing to pay a premium for a “set-it-and-forget-it” heating system choose one of the 174 “full-service” oil companies that serve Cape Cod. Full service companies such as Cape Cod Biofuels Inc or Dunlap's Energy offer automatic fuel delivery and furnace repair under a single roof.

Discount Oil Companies: Also known by the names “COD Fuel Companies” or “Cash Heating Oil Companies”, these companies are for the budget-conscious Cape Cod homeowner. In return for better prices, you monitor the oil level in your tank and place an order when you run low on oil. Examples of cash heating oil companies that serve Cape Cod include Canal Fuel and COD Discount Fuel.

Cape Cod Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Cape Cod: 677 companies

Average Number Of Cape Cod Homes Served Per Company: 31 homes

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