Last year, Pennsylvania homeowners purchased a total of 507 million gallons of heating oil.
Short Term Trends
Pennsylvania’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 Pennsylvania, the average outside temperature was 6.9° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.
Pennsylvania Average Winter Temperature
|Winter 2022 - 2023
|Winter 2021 - 2022
757,160 households in Pennsylvania heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Pennsylvania thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.
15% of Pennsylvania Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter
|Pennsylvania Heating Oil Households
186 Pennsylvania Oil Companies Go the Distance
With 507 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Pennsylvania homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Pennsylvania community relies on its 186 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 Pennsylvania, two of the closest terminals are Etmt in Altoona, PA and Lucknow in El Dorado, PA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Pennsylvania.