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

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

Mathews County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelMathews 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 Mathews County

Heating oil has become less popular in Mathews County. In the 4 years since 2018, the number of heating oil homes fell from 148,684 to 129,907, a 12.63% drop.

Mathews County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households

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

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 137,930 to 153,698.

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 1,040,445 to 1,101,616.

Electricity use for home heating in Mathews County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Mathews County. Since 2018, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 1,701,738 to 1,887,993, a 10.94% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Mathews 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 Mathews County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 200.98% increase from 2018, when only 914 homes had installed active solar heating.