Last year, Virginia homeowners purchased a total of 78 million gallons of heating oil.
Short Term Trends
Virginia’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 Virginia, the average outside temperature was 4.3° F warmer than the prior winter's average outside temperature.
Virginia Average Winter Temperature
|Winter 2022 - 2023
|Winter 2021 - 2022
61,897 households in Virginia heat their homes with fuel oil. This makes oil delivery essential when Virginia thermometers drop as low as 42.5° F each winter.
2% of Virginia Households Rely On Heating Oil Delivery Each Winter
|Virginia Heating Oil Households
24 Virginia Oil Companies Go the Distance
With 78 million gallons of heating oil delivered to Virginia homeowners during the winter of 2023, the Virginia community relies on its 24 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 Virginia, two of the closest terminals are 1st Enrgy in Richmond, VA and Kinder-m2 in Richmond, VA. Then, the truck delivers the #2 heating oil to homes and businesses in Virginia.