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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Electricity is the most popular choice in Hampton County, used by 1,887,993 or 56.72% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Hampton County homeowners is natural gas, used by 1,101,616 homes (33.09%). The remaining homes are heated with propane (153,698), heating oil (129,907), wood (65,453), and other fuels (41,045).

Hampton County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelHampton County Households % of Households
Natural Gas1.1M33.09%
Heating Oil129,9073.90%
No Fuel24,3140.73%
Other Fuels12,4890.38%

Electricity (56.72)

Natural gas (33.09)

Propane (4.62)

Heating oil (3.90)

Wood (1.97)

No fuel (0.73)

Other fuels (0.38)

Solar (0.08)

Coal (0.04)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Hampton County. In the 7 years since 2015, the number of heating oil homes fell from 171,696 to 129,907, a 24.34% drop.

Hampton County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 135,945 to 153,698.

Between 2015 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 1,028,424 to 1,101,616.

Electricity use for home heating in Hampton County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Hampton County. Since 2015, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,622,034 to 1,887,993, a 16.40% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Hampton 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, 2,751 homes in Hampton County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 296.40% increase from 2015, when only 694 homes had installed active solar heating.