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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Marion County, used by 3,119,789 or 64.85% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Marion County homeowners is electricity, used by 1,213,218 homes (25.22%). The remaining homes are heated with propane (272,855), heating oil (100,023), wood (81,253), and other fuels (75,025).

Marion County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelMarion County Households % of Households
Natural Gas3.1M64.85%
Heating Oil100,0232.08%
Other Fuels43,4750.90%
No Fuel27,4020.57%

Natural gas (64.85)

Electricity (25.22)

Propane (5.67)

Heating oil (2.08)

Wood (1.69)

Other fuels (0.90)

No fuel (0.57)

Coal (0.06)

Solar (0.02)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Marion County. In the 6 years since 2016, the number of heating oil homes fell from 107,419 to 100,023, a 6.89% drop.

Marion County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 239,585 to 272,855.

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 3,047,926 to 3,119,789.

Electricity use for home heating in Marion County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Marion County. Since 2016, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,057,081 to 1,213,218, a 14.77% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Marion 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, 1,131 homes in Marion County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 12.65% increase from 2016, when only 1,004 homes had installed active solar heating.