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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Dutchess County, used by 4,593,346 or 59.99% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Dutchess 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).

Dutchess County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelDutchess County Households % of Households
Natural Gas4.5M59.99%
Heating Oil1.3M18.02%
Electricity1.0M13.59%
Propane371,1844.85%
No Fuel127,0771.66%
Wood117,3241.53%
Other Fuels102,6441.34%
Coal17,4880.23%
Solar8,4620.11%

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 Dutchess County

Heating oil has become less popular in Dutchess County. In the 8 years since 2014, the number of heating oil homes fell from 1,903,862 to 1,379,410, a 27.55% drop.

Dutchess County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
20112.1M
20122.0M
20131.9M
20141.9M
20151.8M
20161.7M
20171.6M
20181.5M
20191.5M
20201.4M
20211.4M
20221.3M

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

Between 2014 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 243,656 to 371,184.

Between 2014 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 4,072,126 to 4,593,346.

Electricity use for home heating in Dutchess County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Dutchess County. Since 2014, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 744,669 to 1,040,155, a 39.68% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Dutchess 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 Dutchess County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 268.07% increase from 2014, when only 2,299 homes had installed active solar heating.