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Cities In Southern Maine with Local Heating Oil Deals

Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: Southern Maine Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Southern Maine, used by 161,050 or 57.94% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Southern Maine homeowners is propane, used by 36,404 homes (13.10%). The remaining homes are heated with natural gas (35,192), electricity (26,774), wood (14,646), and other fuels (7,850).

Southern Maine Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelSouthern Maine Households % of Households
Heating Oil161,05057.94%
Propane36,40413.10%
Natural Gas35,19212.66%
Electricity26,7749.63%
Wood14,6465.27%
Other Fuels5,3721.93%
No Fuel1,4180.51%
Solar8130.29%
Coal2470.09%

Heating oil (57.94)

Propane (13.10)

Natural gas (12.66)

Electricity (9.63)

Wood (5.27)

Other fuels (1.93)

No fuel (0.51)

Solar (0.29)

Coal (0.09)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Southern Maine

Heating oil has become less popular in Southern Maine. In the 6 years since 2016, the number of heating oil homes fell from 163,695 to 161,050, a 1.62% drop.

Southern Maine Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011183,333
2012179,788
2013175,026
2014170,800
2015166,926
2016163,695
2017161,353
2018160,376
2019159,351
2020161,019
2021160,641
2022161,050

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Southern Maine

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 24,344 to 36,404.

Between 2016 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 28,884 to 35,192.

Electricity use for home heating in Southern Maine

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Southern Maine. Since 2016, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 13,753 to 26,774, a 94.68% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Southern Maine

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, 813 homes in Southern Maine are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 243.04% increase from 2016, when only 237 homes had installed active solar heating.

Southern Maine Heating Oil Trends

Short Term Trends

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202338° F
Winter 2021 - 202222.4° F

Southern Maine Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Southern Maine homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 114 heating oil companies that serve Southern Maine 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 13 “full-service” oil companies that serve Southern Maine. Full service companies such as Heatable or Alfred Oil 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 Southern Maine 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 Southern Maine include Estes Oil Burner Service Inc and Gagnon & Son Inc.

Southern Maine Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Southern Maine: 114 companies

Average Number Of Southern Maine Homes Served Per Company: 1,412 homes

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