Heating Oil Explained

Aug 18, 2019 | Main Blog | 2 comments

Who uses heating oil?

About 5.7 million households in the United States use heating oil as their main space heating fuel.1 Some households also use heating oil to heat water but in much smaller amounts than what they use for space heating. Some commercial and institutional buildings also use heating oil for space and water heating.

Because space heating is the primary use for heating oil, demand is highly seasonal, and it is affected by the weather. Most heating oil use occurs during the heating season (October through March).

A pie chart showing residential heating oil sales by U.S. Census region in 2017. Northeast is 85%, South is 6%, Midwest is 5%, and West 3%.

Most residential heating oil consumers are in the Northeast

About 20% of households in the Northeast Census region use heating oil as their main space heating fuel, and they account for about 80% of the U.S. households that use heating oil for space heating.1 In 2017, about 3 billion gallons of heating oil were sold to residential consumers in the Northeast, or 85% of total U.S. residential heating oil sales. In 2017, about 35% of total commercial sector consumption of heating oil was in the Northeast.

The number of houses with heating systems that use heating oil is declining because homeowners are increasingly converting to other types of heating systems. Most new homes use natural gas or electricity for heating.

1 U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, Table WFO1, January 2019.

U.S. map showing the top five heating oil consuming States in 2017. Number 1 is New York, number 2 is Pennsylvania, number 3 is Massachusetts, number 4 is Connecticut, number 5 is Maine.

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  1. Darrien Hansen

    It makes sense that heating oil is typically most needed from October to March. My wife and I just inherited a small house from my late uncle, and we need to find a way to stay warm before it snows. We’ll consider using heating oil so that we can keep our house warm and comfortable during the winter season.

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  2. Toby Ryan

    I didn’t know that 20% of homes in the Northeast primarily utilize heating oil to stay warm. My brother is buying a house that isn’t properly insulated, and he would like to find a way to keep his daughter warm while she visits during the holiday season. Maybe he should consider using heating oil to keep his home warm.

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Propane Fireplaces - An Enery Efficient Way To Heat Your Home

Propane Fireplaces

Oct 26, 2018 | Main Blog | 4 comments

Propane fireplaces and stoves offer both comfort and ambiance, along with high-efficiency heating for homes, buildings, and outdoor spaces.

Propane fireplaces offer homeowners true versatility. They can be installed indoors or out, and they’re easier to install and more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and convenient to use than wood-burning models. Plus, an attractive real flame brings warmth and ambiance to a living space, increasing its value with buyers. Propane fireplaces can be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control, and many models can operate during electrical power outages, providing a critical source of heating to the home.

Commercial fireplaces

Propane fireplaces and fire pits can be used for decorative or space heating purposes in commercial buildings such as hotels or restaurants. They add warmth and ambiance to guestrooms and welcome areas and can provide comfy, efficient heating to a room or space. Fire pits, hearths, and decorative flame features provide a cozy amenity and gathering place to highlight an outdoor courtyard or patio. Two-sided fireplaces take it to another level by separating two defined areas for cocktails and for dining.

Efficiency

High-efficiency propane fireplaces are suitable for all climates and can achieve Fireplace Efficiency (FE) ratings of over 90 percent. They utilize a direct vent design, so the air used for combustion comes directly from outdoors. This means the fireplace isn’t sucking warm air out of the house for combustion, the way traditional wood-burning units do. And since the direct vent inserts can be used to convert old, inefficient masonry fireplaces or can be added to new or existing rooms, propane fireplaces are an ideal solution for retrofit or replacement projects.

Here are a few facts you should know about propane fireplaces in homes:

  • They deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces.
  • A remote control feature helps to maintain a constant room temperature.
  • The average cost to operate is roughly $50 to $150/year.
  • Propane carries a smaller environmental footprint and produces fewer particulate emissions and less carbon monoxide than wood-burning units.

Hearth stoves

For your homeowner customers looking for alternatives to wood stoves, propane hearth products offer a cleaner, healthier option. Propane stoves and fireplaces are more efficient and convenient than woodstoves, and they use a fuel that’s available even in rural areas away from the natural gas grid.

A freestanding propane stove produces instant radiant heat and adds aesthetic value to a room. Venting options make installation easy and flexible.

Below is a fireplace fact sheet for you to reference.

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  1. Gas fireplaces seems like a great idea. Like you said, getting one that is high efficiency sounds awesome, especially because it will only cost around $100 a year to operate. That’s awesome because we don’t have a long winter, so it’ll probably be even less!

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  2. NIce Post..Thanks for Sharing with us…Keep sharing..

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  3. Thank you for explaining how a propane fireplace is a good option! My sister is looking for a better way to heat her living room. I bet she would appreciate reading this article so she can see one option available.

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  4. Thanks for pointing out the benefits of propane fireplaces. My husband and I are thinking about getting a propane fireplace because we think it would be a good way to heat our home. It’s good to know that they can deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces if we do get one.

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