Last year, Massachusetts homeowners purchased a total of 582 million gallons of heating oil.
Short Term Trends
Massachusetts’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 Massachusetts, the average outside temperature was 5.3° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.
Massachusetts Average Winter Temperature
|Winter 2022 - 2023
|Winter 2021 - 2022
663,037 households in Massachusetts heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Massachusetts thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.
23% of Massachusetts Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter
|Massachusetts Heating Oil Households
440 Massachusetts Oil Companies Go the Distance
With 582 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Massachusetts homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Massachusetts community relies on its 440 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 Massachusetts, two of the closest terminals are S.r.& M. in East Boston, MA and S.r.& M. in East Boston, MA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Massachusetts.