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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Bedford County, used by 2,698,438 or 51.75% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Bedford County homeowners is electricity, used by 1,275,546 homes (24.46%). The remaining homes are heated with heating oil (786,449), propane (256,098), wood (122,435), and other fuels (139,486).

Bedford County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelBedford County Households % of Households
Natural Gas2.6M51.75%
Heating Oil786,44915.08%
Other Fuels50,5060.97%
No Fuel33,3560.64%

Natural gas (51.75)

Electricity (24.46)

Heating oil (15.08)

Propane (4.91)

Wood (2.35)

Coal (0.99)

Other fuels (0.97)

No fuel (0.64)

Solar (0.08)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Bedford County. In the 7 years since 2015, the number of heating oil homes fell from 899,276 to 786,449, a 12.55% drop.

Bedford County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 193,724 to 256,098.

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 2,531,483 to 2,698,438.

Electricity use for home heating in Bedford County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Bedford County. Since 2015, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,070,495 to 1,275,546, a 19.15% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Bedford 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, 4,093 homes in Bedford County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 157.91% increase from 2015, when only 1,587 homes had installed active solar heating.

Bedford County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Bedford County homeowners purchased a total of 576,243 gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Bedford 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 Bedford County, the average outside temperature was 4.7° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Bedford County Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202341.3° F
Winter 2021 - 202236.6° F

Bedford County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Bedford County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 11 heating oil companies that serve Bedford 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 0 “full-service” oil companies that serve Bedford County. Full service companies such as undefined 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 Bedford 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 Bedford County include Knisely & Sons Inc and Bovard Heating and Cooling.

Bedford County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Bedford County: 11 companies

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

Average Gallons Delivered per Bedford County Oil Company: 52,385 gallons per year

Bedford County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

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

60% of Bedford County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

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25 Bedford County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 576,243 gallons of heating oil delivered to Bedford County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Bedford County community relies on its 25 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 Bedford County, two of the closest terminals are Lucknow in El Dorado, PA and Etmt in Altoona, PA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Bedford County.

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