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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Aroostook County, used by 344,285 or 59.84% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Aroostook County homeowners is propane, used by 74,720 homes (12.99%). The remaining homes are heated with electricity (53,649), wood (50,553), natural gas (46,832), and other fuels (16,018).

Aroostook County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelAroostook County Households % of Households
Heating Oil344,28559.84%
Natural Gas46,8328.14%
Other Fuels10,7761.87%
No Fuel2,2210.39%

Heating oil (59.84)

Propane (12.99)

Electricity (9.33)

Wood (8.79)

Natural gas (8.14)

Other fuels (1.87)

No fuel (0.39)

Solar (0.31)

Coal (0.22)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Aroostook County. In the 11 years since 2011, the number of heating oil homes fell from 399,528 to 344,285, a 13.83% drop.

Aroostook County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2011 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 36,804 to 74,720.

Between 2011 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 23,459 to 46,832.

Electricity use for home heating in Aroostook County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Aroostook County. Since 2011, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 25,204 to 53,649, a 112.86% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Aroostook 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, 1,762 homes in Aroostook County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 442.15% increase from 2011, when only 325 homes had installed active solar heating.

Aroostook County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Aroostook County homeowners purchased a total of 3 million gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Aroostook 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 Aroostook County, the average outside temperature was 15.0° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Aroostook County Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202339.5° F
Winter 2021 - 202224.5° F

Aroostook County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Aroostook County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 6 heating oil companies that serve Aroostook 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 7 “full-service” oil companies that serve Aroostook County. Full service companies such as Daigle Oil Company or Daigle Oil Company 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 Aroostook 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 Aroostook County include DOC Daigle co and Dead River Company Llc.

Aroostook County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Aroostook County: 6 companies

Average Number Of Aroostook County Homes Served Per Company: 806 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Aroostook County Oil Company: 578,121 gallons per year

Aroostook County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

4,836 households in Aroostook County heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Aroostook County thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

75% of Aroostook County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

Aroostook County HouseholdsAroostook County Heating Oil Households

28 Aroostook County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 3 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Aroostook County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Aroostook County community relies on its 28 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 Aroostook County, two of the closest terminals are Pbt in Brewer, ME and Buckeye in Bangor, ME. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Aroostook County.

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