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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in New Haven County, used by 539,715 or 38.13% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for New Haven 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).

New Haven County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelNew Haven 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 New Haven County

Heating oil has become less popular in New Haven County. In the 7 years since 2015, the number of heating oil homes fell from 595,244 to 539,715, a 9.33% drop.

New Haven 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 New Haven County

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 47,460 to 75,150.

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 454,138 to 516,459.

Electricity use for home heating in New Haven County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in New Haven County. Since 2015, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 210,186 to 244,511, a 16.33% increase.

Solar use for home heating in New Haven 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 New Haven County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 214.43% increase from 2015, when only 589 homes had installed active solar heating.