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Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: Delaware Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Delaware, used by 168,825 or 43.59% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Delaware homeowners is electricity, used by 140,774 homes (36.34%). The remaining homes are heated with heating oil (37,959), propane (33,614), other fuels (3,010), and other fuels (6,928).

Delaware Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelDelaware Households % of Households
Natural Gas168,82543.59%
Heating Oil37,9599.80%
Other Fuels3,0100.78%
No Fuel2,4310.63%

Natural gas (43.59)

Electricity (36.34)

Heating oil (9.80)

Propane (8.68)

Other fuels (0.78)

Wood (0.67)

No fuel (0.63)

Solar (0.26)

Coal (0.23)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Delaware

Heating oil has become less popular in Delaware. In the 7 years since 2015, the number of heating oil homes fell from 49,420 to 37,959, a 23.19% drop.

Delaware Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Delaware

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel fell from 34,037 to 33,614.

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel fell from 139,909 to 168,825.

Electricity use for home heating in Delaware

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Delaware. Since 2015, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 107,678 to 140,774, a 30.74% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Delaware

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, 998 homes in Delaware are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 490.53% increase from 2015, when only 169 homes had installed active solar heating.

Delaware Heating Oil Trends

Short Term Trends

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202347.3° F
Winter 2021 - 202240.6° F

Delaware Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Delaware homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 60 heating oil companies that serve Delaware 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 0 “full-service” oil companies that serve Delaware. Full service companies such as undefined or undefined 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 Delaware 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 Delaware include Hillside Oil Co Inc and Shellhorn & Hill Inc.

Delaware Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Delaware: 60 companies

Average Number Of Delaware Homes Served Per Company: 632 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Delaware Oil Company: 257,566 gallons per year

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