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Cities In Vermont with Local Heating Oil Deals

Propane vs. Natural Gas vs. Heating Oil: Vermont Home Heating Fuel Comparison

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Vermont, used by 69,867 or 37.90% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Vermont homeowners is natural gas, used by 47,288 homes (25.65%). The remaining homes are heated with propane (31,127), wood (19,448), electricity (15,940), and other fuels (4,814).

Vermont Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelVermont Households % of Households
Heating Oil69,86737.90%
Natural Gas47,28825.65%
Propane31,12716.89%
Wood19,44810.55%
Electricity15,9408.65%
Other Fuels3,4621.88%
Solar6930.38%
No Fuel4370.24%
Coal2220.12%

Heating oil (37.90)

Natural gas (25.65)

Propane (16.89)

Wood (10.55)

Electricity (8.65)

Other fuels (1.88)

Solar (0.38)

No fuel (0.24)

Coal (0.12)

#2 Heating Oil (Fuel Oil) Use in Vermont

Heating oil has become less popular in Vermont. In the 2 years since 2020, the number of heating oil homes fell from 72,577 to 69,867, a 3.73% drop.

Vermont Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
201184,242
201281,328
201378,030
201476,986
201575,105
201672,705
201772,394
201872,091
201970,629
202072,577
202170,963
202269,867

Propane vs. Natural Gas use for home heating in Vermont

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 28,547 to 31,127.

Between 2020 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 44,516 to 47,288.

Electricity use for home heating in Vermont

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Vermont. Since 2020, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 12,604 to 15,940, a 26.47% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Vermont

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, 693 homes in Vermont are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 47.76% increase from 2020, when only 469 homes had installed active solar heating.