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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Union County, used by 3,119,789 or 64.85% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Union 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).

Union County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelUnion County Households % of Households
Natural Gas3.1M64.85%
Electricity1.2M25.22%
Propane272,8555.67%
Heating Oil100,0232.08%
Wood81,2531.69%
Other Fuels43,4750.90%
No Fuel27,4020.57%
Coal3,0170.06%
Solar1,1310.02%

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 Union County

Heating oil has become more popular in Union County. In the 2 years since 2020, the number of heating oil homes rose from 95,712 to 100,023, a 4.50% lift.

Union County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011141,038
2012132,252
2013125,428
2014119,022
2015113,013
2016107,419
2017104,197
2018101,487
201999,323
202095,712
202192,977
2022100,023

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

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 255,709 to 272,855.

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 3,077,892 to 3,119,789.

Electricity use for home heating in Union County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Union County. Since 2020, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,143,597 to 1,213,218, a 6.09% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Union 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 Union County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 6.80% increase from 2020, when only 1,059 homes had installed active solar heating.