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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Electricity is the most popular choice in Hanover County, used by 1,887,993 or 56.72% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Hanover 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).

Hanover County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelHanover 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 Hanover County

Heating oil has become less popular in Hanover County. In the 5 years since 2017, the number of heating oil homes fell from 154,885 to 129,907, a 16.13% drop.

Hanover County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2017 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 138,836 to 153,698.

Between 2017 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 1,034,770 to 1,101,616.

Electricity use for home heating in Hanover County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Hanover County. Since 2017, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,674,976 to 1,887,993, a 12.72% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Hanover 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 Hanover County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 219.88% increase from 2017, when only 860 homes had installed active solar heating.