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

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

Henrico County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelHenrico 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 Henrico County

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

Henrico County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Henrico 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 Henrico 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 Henrico County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 219.88% increase from 2017, when only 860 homes had installed active solar heating.

Henrico County Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Henrico County homeowners purchased a total of 7 million gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Henrico County’s overall heating oil use varies from year to year, primarily depending on how cold each winter is. As the temperature outside gets colder, homes’ heating systems need to burn more and more oil to keep homes warm. Last winter in Henrico County, the average outside temperature was 4.3° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Henrico County Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202348° F
Winter 2021 - 202243.7° F

Henrico County Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting an Oil Company

For Henrico County homeowners heating with oil, selecting which of the 29 heating oil companies that serve Henrico County 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 4 “full-service” oil companies that serve Henrico County. Full service companies such as Hungerford Heating & Cooling or Hungerford Heating & Cooling 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 Henrico County 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 Henrico County include Hanover Air Systems and Blazer Heating, Air, & Plumbing.

Henrico County Heating Oil Company Fast Facts

Heating Oil Companies Serving Henrico County: 29 companies

Average Number Of Henrico County Homes Served Per Company: 400 homes

Average Gallons Delivered per Henrico County Oil Company: 241,989 gallons per year

Henrico County Heating Oil Delivery Overview

11,619 households in Henrico County heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Henrico County thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

3% of Henrico County Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

Henrico County HouseholdsHenrico County Heating Oil Households

95 Henrico County Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 7 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Henrico County homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Henrico County community relies on its 95 oil companies to keep warm.

Oil delivery is a two step process: First, an oil truck picks up oil at the nearest bulk fuel terminal. In the case of Henrico County, two of the closest terminals are 1st Enrgy in Richmond, VA and Kinder-m2 in Richmond, VA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Henrico County.

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