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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Cayuga County, used by 4,593,346 or 59.99% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Cayuga County homeowners is heating oil, used by 1,379,410 homes (18.02%). The remaining homes are heated with electricity (1,040,155), propane (371,184), no fuel (127,077), and other fuels (245,918).

Cayuga County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelCayuga County Households % of Households
Natural Gas4.5M59.99%
Heating Oil1.3M18.02%
No Fuel127,0771.66%
Other Fuels102,6441.34%

Natural gas (59.99)

Heating oil (18.02)

Electricity (13.59)

Propane (4.85)

No fuel (1.66)

Wood (1.53)

Other fuels (1.34)

Coal (0.23)

Solar (0.11)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Cayuga County. In the 9 years since 2013, the number of heating oil homes fell from 1,986,090 to 1,379,410, a 30.55% drop.

Cayuga County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2013 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 236,289 to 371,184.

Between 2013 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 4,019,230 to 4,593,346.

Electricity use for home heating in Cayuga County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Cayuga County. Since 2013, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 711,860 to 1,040,155, a 46.12% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Cayuga 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, 8,462 homes in Cayuga County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 307.41% increase from 2013, when only 2,077 homes had installed active solar heating.

Cayuga County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Cayuga County homeowners purchased a total of 551,302 gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Cayuga 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 Cayuga County, the average outside temperature was 5.7° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Cayuga County Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202346.5° F
Winter 2021 - 202240.8° F

Cayuga County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Cayuga County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 14 heating oil companies that serve Cayuga 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 1 “full-service” oil companies that serve Cayuga County. Full service companies such as E And V Energy Corporation or undefined 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 Cayuga 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 Cayuga County include All Air Comfort Services and Donofrio Mechanicals.

Cayuga County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Cayuga County: 14 companies

Average Number Of Cayuga County Homes Served Per Company: 81 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Cayuga County Oil Company: 39,378 gallons per year

Cayuga County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

1,144 households in Cayuga County heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Cayuga County thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

6% of Cayuga County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

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21 Cayuga County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 551,302 gallons of heating oil delivered to Cayuga County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Cayuga County community relies on its 21 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 Cayuga County, two of the closest terminals are Buckeye in Syracuse, NY and Buckeye in Brewerton, NY. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Cayuga County.

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