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

Homeowners have a variety of home heating fuels to choose from. Heating oil is the most popular choice in Franklin County, used by 108,499 or 41.06% of homes. The 2nd most popular choice for Franklin County homeowners is natural gas, used by 50,127 homes (18.97%). The remaining homes are heated with propane (50,123), wood (35,629), electricity (19,788), and other fuels (7,814).

Franklin County Primary Home Heating Fuel Popularity by Number of Households

FuelFranklin County Households % of Households
Heating Oil108,49941.06%
Natural Gas50,12718.97%
Propane50,12318.97%
Wood35,62913.48%
Electricity19,7887.49%
Other Fuels5,6922.15%
Solar1,0420.39%
No Fuel6190.23%
Coal4610.17%

Heating oil (41.06)

Natural gas (18.97)

Propane (18.97)

Wood (13.48)

Electricity (7.49)

Other fuels (2.15)

Solar (0.39)

No fuel (0.23)

Coal (0.17)

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

Heating oil has become less popular in Franklin County. In the 4 years since 2018, the number of heating oil homes fell from 110,704 to 108,499, a 1.99% drop.

Franklin County Heating Oil Households (2011 - 2022)

YearHeating Oil Households
2011128,566
2012124,072
2013119,422
2014117,459
2015114,826
2016111,441
2017111,092
2018110,704
2019108,976
2020110,870
2021108,747
2022108,499

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

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using propane as the primary space heating fuel rose from 42,112 to 50,123.

Between 2018 and today, the number of homes using natural gas as the primary space heating fuel rose from 46,095 to 50,127.

Electricity use for home heating in Franklin County

Electric space heating systems are becoming more popular in Franklin County. Since 2018, the number of homes heating with electricity rose from 12,957 to 19,788, a 52.72% increase.

Solar use for home heating in Franklin 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, 1,042 homes in Franklin County are heated with active solar arrays. This is a 113.09% increase from 2018, when only 489 homes had installed active solar heating.