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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Strafford County, used by 224,725 or 41.34% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Strafford 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).

Strafford County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelStrafford 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 Strafford County

Heating oil has become less popular in Strafford County. In the 9 years since 2013, the number of heating oil homes fell from 251,497 to 224,725, a 10.65% drop.

Strafford 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 Strafford County

Between 2013 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 72,124 to 100,624.

Between 2013 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 101,980 to 117,536.

Electricity use for home heating in Strafford County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Strafford County. Since 2013, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 40,941 to 57,780, a 41.13% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Strafford 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 Strafford County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 136.30% increase from 2013, when only 292 homes had installed active solar heating.