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Central Maine Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Central Maine homeowners purchased a total of 247 million gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Central Maine’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 Central Maine, the average outside temperature was 15.7° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Central Maine Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202337.1° F
Winter 2021 - 202221.4° F

Central Maine Heating Oil Delivery Overview

681,094 households in Central Maine heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Central Maine thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

67% of Central Maine Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

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26 Central Maine Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 247 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Central Maine homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Central Maine community relies on its 26 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 Central Maine, two of the closest terminals are Buckeye in Bangor, ME and Pbt in Brewer, ME. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Central Maine.