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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in Jefferson County, used by 2,698,438 or 51.75% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Jefferson 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).

Jefferson County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelJefferson 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 Jefferson County

Heating oil has become less popular in Jefferson County. In the 6 years since 2016, the number of heating oil homes fell from 864,952 to 786,449, a 9.08% drop.

Jefferson County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 200,609 to 256,098.

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 2,539,902 to 2,698,438.

Electricity use for home heating in Jefferson County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Jefferson County. Since 2016, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,093,770 to 1,275,546, a 16.62% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 154.86% increase from 2016, when only 1,606 homes had installed active solar heating.

Jefferson County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Jefferson County homeowners purchased a total of 143,254 gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

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

Jefferson County Average Winter Temperature

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

Jefferson County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Jefferson County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 4 heating oil companies that serve Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson County include ABC Heating Cooling and Plumbing and Campbell & Burns Inc.

Jefferson County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Jefferson County: 4 companies

Average Number Of Jefferson County Homes Served Per Company: 55 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Jefferson County Oil Company: 35,813 gallons per year

Jefferson County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

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

5% of Jefferson County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

Jefferson County HouseholdsJefferson County Heating Oil Households

4 Jefferson County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 143,254 gallons of heating oil delivered to Jefferson County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Jefferson County community relies on its 4 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 Jefferson County, two of the closest terminals are United in Warren, PA and Etmt in Altoona, PA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Jefferson County.

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