Something went wrong

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

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

Essex County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelEssex 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 Essex County

Heating oil has become less popular in Essex County. In the 6 years since 2016, the number of heating oil homes fell from 1,732,065 to 1,379,410, a 20.36% drop.

Essex 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 Essex County

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 261,912 to 371,184.

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 4,161,669 to 4,593,346.

Electricity use for home heating in Essex County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Essex County. Since 2016, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 801,149 to 1,040,155, a 29.83% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Essex 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 Essex County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 152.75% increase from 2016, when only 3,348 homes had installed active solar heating.