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Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: Middlesex County Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Middlesex County, used by 539,715 or 38.13% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Middlesex County homeowners is natural gas, used by 516,459 homes (36.49%). The remaining homes are heated with electricity (244,511), propane (75,150), wood (23,585), and other fuels (30,431).

Middlesex County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelMiddlesex County Households % of Households
Heating Oil539,71538.13%
Natural Gas516,45936.49%
Electricity244,51117.27%
Propane75,1505.31%
Wood23,5851.67%
Other Fuels18,4001.30%
No Fuel9,3140.66%
Solar1,8520.13%
Coal8650.06%

Heating oil (38.13)

Natural gas (36.49)

Electricity (17.27)

Propane (5.31)

Wood (1.67)

Other fuels (1.30)

No fuel (0.66)

Solar (0.13)

Coal (0.06)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Middlesex County

Heating oil has become less popular in Middlesex County. In the 8 years since 2014, the number of heating oil homes fell from 613,504 to 539,715, a 12.03% drop.

Middlesex County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011654,783
2012644,340
2013627,716
2014613,504
2015595,244
2016581,382
2017574,588
2018565,439
2019556,309
2020551,817
2021544,406
2022539,715

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Middlesex County

Between 2014 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 45,208 to 75,150.

Between 2014 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 444,864 to 516,459.

Electricity use for home heating in Middlesex County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Middlesex County. Since 2014, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 208,309 to 244,511, a 17.38% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Middlesex County

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, 1,852 homes in Middlesex County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 289.89% increase from 2014, when only 475 homes had installed active solar heating.

Middlesex County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Middlesex County homeowners purchased a total of 27 million gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Middlesex County’s overall heating oil use varies from year to year, primarily depending on how cold each winter is. As the temperature outside gets colder, homes’ heating systems need to burn more and more oil to keep homes warm. Last winter in Middlesex County, the average outside temperature was 7.2° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Middlesex County Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202344.5° F
Winter 2021 - 202237.3° F

Middlesex County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Middlesex County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 307 heating oil companies that serve Middlesex County 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 986 “full-service” oil companies that serve Middlesex County. Full service companies such as Aaa Oil Company or Spring Brook Ice & Fuel 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 Middlesex County 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 Middlesex County include Angel Fuel LLC and Service Relief.

Middlesex County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Middlesex County: 307 companies

Average Number Of Middlesex County Homes Served Per Company: 117 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Middlesex County Oil Company: 86,350 gallons per year

Middlesex County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

36,014 households in Middlesex County heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Middlesex County thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

52% of Middlesex County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

Middlesex County HouseholdsMiddlesex County Heating Oil Households
68,42436,014

2,658 Middlesex County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 27 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Middlesex County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Middlesex County community relies on its 2,658 oil companies to keep warm.

Oil delivery is a two step process: First, an oil truck picks up oil at the nearest bulk fuel terminal. In the case of Middlesex County, two of the closest terminals are Buckeye in Wethersfield, CT and Buckeyees in New Haven, CT. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Middlesex County.

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