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Factors to Consider When Comparing Heating Oil to Propane Gas

Factors to Consider When Comparing Heating Oil to Propane Gas

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Published by Kevin Schmiterson
Whenever you are trying to decide on the type of fuel for your home cooking and heating needs, and you are living in an area where there is limited or no access to natural gas, then you will most likely have to decide between using heating oil or propane gas. The type of fuel you use will be determined by your budget and how cost-effective one is compared to the other. The following information will be helpful you when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas.
Whenever you are trying to decide on the type of fuel for your home cooking and heating needs, and you are living in an area where there is limited or no access to natural gas, then you will most likely have to decide between using heating oil or propane gas. The type of fuel you use will be determined by your budget and how cost-effective one is compared to the other. The following information will be helpful you when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas.

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Published by: Kevin Schmiterson on May 22, 2013
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Whenever you are trying to decide on the type of fuel for your home cooking and heating needs

, and you are living in an area where there is limited or no access to natural gas, then you will most likely have to decide between using heating oil or propane gas. The type of fuel you use will be determined by your budget and how cost-effective one is compared to the other. The following information will be helpful you when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas. There are three factors that need to be considered right up front when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas – cost, cost calculation, and energy value. These are broken down as follows:  Cost – heating oil is typically more expensive (per gallon) than propane. According to certain US government organizations such as the Energy Information Administration (EIA), when the price of heating oil peaked at around $4/gallon, propane was $3/gallon.  Cost calculation – when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas, it is important that you determine how efficient your appliances are cost-wise as well as the fuel costs involved. You can multiply the efficiency percentage of your appliances by the amount of BTU’s (or British Thermal Units) per gallon. Divide that figure by the cost of the fuel per gallon and you will have calculated the true cost of using that fuel.  Energy value – energy is measured in BTU’s throughout the industry. Where heating oil yields roughly 139,000 BTU’s, propane yields 34% fewer or 92,000 BTU’s. There are several other factors that need to be considered in addition to the three primary ones listed above. For instance, if you are building a new home and comparing heating oil to propane gas as your fuel supply options, it is going to cost you about 18% more to install a heating oil system compared to a propane system. From a longevity standpoint, when you are comparing heating oil to propane gas, either system should last between 15 and 20 years before replacement is needed, provided they have been properly maintained and serviced throughout that period of time. Although you will need about 60% the amount of heating oil compared to propane, the former can only be used to heat your home and your water, whereas propane can be used to power the entire home. Most importantly, heating oil is not viewed as a clean burning fuel whereas propane is considerably more eco-friendly.

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