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Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: South Shore Massachusetts Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Natural gas is the most popular choice in South Shore Massachusetts, used by 254,682 or 51.79% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for South Shore Massachusetts homeowners is heating oil, used by 136,386 homes (27.74%). The remaining homes are heated with electricity (73,539), propane (22,139), wood (3,474), and other fuels (6,255).

South Shore Massachusetts Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelSouth Shore Massachusetts Households % of Households
Natural Gas254,68251.79%
Heating Oil136,38627.74%
Electricity73,53914.96%
Propane22,1394.50%
Wood3,4740.71%
Other Fuels3,2370.66%
No Fuel2,2650.46%
Solar5370.11%
Coal2160.04%

Natural gas (51.79)

Heating oil (27.74)

Electricity (14.96)

Propane (4.50)

Wood (0.71)

Other fuels (0.66)

No fuel (0.46)

Solar (0.11)

Coal (0.04)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in South Shore Massachusetts

Heating oil has become more popular in South Shore Massachusetts. In the 2 years since 2020, the number of heating oil homes rose from 134,821 to 136,386, a 1.16% lift.

South Shore Massachusetts Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011168,032
2012165,720
2013161,173
2014156,012
2015151,703
2016145,690
2017143,331
2018139,070
2019135,342
2020134,821
2021135,307
2022136,386

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in South Shore Massachusetts

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 17,972 to 22,139.

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 234,319 to 254,682.

Electricity use for home heating in South Shore Massachusetts

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in South Shore Massachusetts. Since 2020, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 65,039 to 73,539, a 13.07% increase.

Solar use for home heating in South Shore Massachusetts

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, 537 homes in South Shore Massachusetts are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 79.60% increase from 2020, when only 299 homes had installed active solar heating.