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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Maryland, used by 921,991 or 48.53% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Maryland homeowners is electricity, used by 782,933 homes (41.21%). The remaining homes are heated with heating oil (117,819), propane (49,257), no fuel (15,618), and other fuels (30,511).

Maryland Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelMaryland Households % of Households
Natural Gas921,99148.53%
Electricity782,93341.21%
Heating Oil117,8196.20%
Propane49,2572.59%
No Fuel15,6180.82%
Wood11,8480.62%
Other Fuels11,0020.58%
Solar7,0740.37%
Coal5870.03%

Natural gas (48.53)

Electricity (41.21)

Heating oil (6.20)

Propane (2.59)

No fuel (0.82)

Wood (0.62)

Other fuels (0.58)

Solar (0.37)

Coal (0.03)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Maryland

Heating oil has become more popular in Maryland. In the 2 years since 2020, the number of heating oil homes rose from 116,353 to 117,819, a 1.26% lift.

Maryland Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011165,187
2012159,528
2013152,479
2014148,002
2015141,123
2016136,577
2017132,754
2018126,139
2019121,985
2020116,353
2021115,763
2022117,819

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Maryland

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 42,257 to 49,257.

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 868,684 to 921,991.

Electricity use for home heating in Maryland

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Maryland. Since 2020, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 717,339 to 782,933, a 9.14% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Maryland

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, 7,074 homes in Maryland are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 34.13% increase from 2020, when only 5,274 homes had installed active solar heating.

Maryland Heating Oil Trends

Short Term Trends

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202347.8° F
Winter 2021 - 202242.2° F

Maryland Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Maryland homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 198 heating oil companies that serve Maryland 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 8 “full-service” oil companies that serve Maryland. Full service companies such as Watkins Fuel Company or Petro Home Services 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 Maryland 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 Maryland include Direct Fuel LLC and Rittenhouse Fuel Co.

Maryland Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Maryland: 198 companies

Average Number Of Maryland Homes Served Per Company: 595 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Maryland Oil Company: 463,853 gallons per year

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