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Delaware Heating Oil Trends

Last year, Delaware homeowners purchased a total of 15 million gallons of heating oil.

Short Term Trends

Delaware’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 Delaware, the average outside temperature was 6.7° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.

Delaware Average Winter Temperature

Heating SeasonAverage Temperature
Winter 2022 - 202347.3° F
Winter 2021 - 202240.6° F

Delaware Heating Oil Delivery Overview

38,199 households in Delaware heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Delaware thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.

9% of Delaware Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter

Delaware HouseholdsDelaware Heating Oil Households
393,42638,199

27 Delaware Oil Companies Go the Distance

With 15 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Delaware homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Delaware community relies on its 27 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 Delaware, two of the closest terminals are Sunoco in Salisbury, MD and Pbfenergy in Delaware City, DE. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Delaware.