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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Cheshire County, used by 224,725 or 41.34% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Cheshire County homeowners is natural gas, used by 117,536 homes (21.62%). The remaining homes are heated with propane (100,624), electricity (57,780), wood (35,074), and other fuels (16,939).

Cheshire County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelCheshire County Households % of Households
Heating Oil224,72541.34%
Natural Gas117,53621.62%
Propane100,62418.51%
Electricity57,78010.63%
Wood35,0746.45%
Other Fuels10,3551.90%
No Fuel5,2720.97%
Solar6900.13%
Coal6220.11%

Heating oil (41.34)

Natural gas (21.62)

Propane (18.51)

Electricity (10.63)

Wood (6.45)

Other fuels (1.90)

No fuel (0.97)

Solar (0.13)

Coal (0.11)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Cheshire County. In the 6 years since 2016, the number of heating oil homes fell from 236,690 to 224,725, a 5.06% drop.

Cheshire County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011262,755
2012257,827
2013251,497
2014245,025
2015241,293
2016236,690
2017234,647
2018233,209
2019233,052
2020232,901
2021228,197
2022224,725

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

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 76,970 to 100,624.

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 104,093 to 117,536.

Electricity use for home heating in Cheshire County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Cheshire County. Since 2016, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 44,370 to 57,780, a 30.22% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Cheshire 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, 690 homes in Cheshire County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 37.18% increase from 2016, when only 503 homes had installed active solar heating.