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

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

Mercer County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelMercer 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 Mercer County

Heating oil has become less popular in Mercer County. In the 10 years since 2012, the number of heating oil homes fell from 1,002,121 to 786,449, a 21.52% drop.

Mercer County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2012 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 180,287 to 256,098.

Between 2012 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 2,537,188 to 2,698,438.

Electricity use for home heating in Mercer County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Mercer County. Since 2012, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 997,877 to 1,275,546, a 27.83% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Mercer 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 Mercer County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 249.23% increase from 2012, when only 1,172 homes had installed active solar heating.