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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Cecil County, used by 1,036,714 or 43.77% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Cecil County homeowners is electricity, used by 1,018,912 homes (43.02%). The remaining homes are heated with heating oil (178,203), propane (89,874), wood (27,892), and other fuels (45,552).

Cecil County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelCecil County Households % of Households
Natural Gas1.0M43.77%
Electricity1.0M43.02%
Heating Oil178,2037.52%
Propane89,8743.79%
Wood27,8921.18%
No Fuel18,9110.80%
Other Fuels16,0160.68%
Solar9,0980.38%
Coal1,5270.06%

Natural gas (43.77)

Electricity (43.02)

Heating oil (7.52)

Propane (3.79)

Wood (1.18)

No fuel (0.80)

Other fuels (0.68)

Solar (0.38)

Coal (0.06)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Cecil County. In the 3 years since 2019, the number of heating oil homes fell from 186,662 to 178,203, a 4.53% drop.

Cecil County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011246,964
2012239,039
2013228,525
2014222,212
2015212,903
2016207,818
2017201,205
2018193,194
2019186,662
2020179,727
2021176,310
2022178,203

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

Between 2019 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 76,318 to 89,874.

Between 2019 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 967,736 to 1,036,714.

Electricity use for home heating in Cecil County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Cecil County. Since 2019, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 919,105 to 1,018,912, a 10.86% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Cecil 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, 9,098 homes in Cecil County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 82.40% increase from 2019, when only 4,988 homes had installed active solar heating.