Last year, Southern Maine homeowners purchased a total of 247 million gallons of heating oil.
Short Term Trends
Southern 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 Southern Maine, the average outside temperature was 15.6° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.
Southern Maine Average Winter Temperature
|Winter 2022 - 2023
|Winter 2021 - 2022
2,069,613 households in Southern Maine heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Southern Maine thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.
63% of Southern Maine Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter
|Southern Maine Households
|Southern Maine Heating Oil Households
88 Southern Maine Oil Companies Go the Distance
With 247 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Southern Maine homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Southern Maine community relies on its 88 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 Southern 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 Southern Maine.