Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas

Home heating

Heating oil remains one of the cleanest, safest and most reliable fuels your money can buy! Take a look at the reasons why.

Remarkably Safe

Heating oil cannot explode! The oil in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe.

With an oil tank on your property, you can always count on having a secure, on-site supply at your home. Heating oil is easily transported and handled by highly trained professionals using equipment and techniques that keep safety at the forefront.

Contrast that to natural gas delivery. If an underground natural gas pipeline gets damaged, customers may lose their supply until repairs get done. If a serious problem occurs with a gas pipeline, the situation can turn tragic, as we saw recently in Massachusetts.

Additionally, unlike natural gas, an oil heating system poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the furnace or boiler off.

Great Value

If you’re thinking about natural gas vs. oil cost, heating oil prices have remained stable over the last few years because of historic levels of domestic production. This bodes well for the future of heating oil prices. The fact is, heating oil is less expensive than natural gas when you apply an apples-to-apples comparison—a gallon of heating oil generates 40% more Btu’s of heat than an equivalent amount of natural gas. What’s more, gas utilities impose a surcharge on their customers that adds to the cost of heating a home with gas.

Greener fuel

Heating oil has been reformulated and infused with renewable Bioheat® to make it cleaner burning, much more environmentally friendly and significantly more energy efficient. This is a clean-burning fuel that produces less carbon emissions than natural gas, which has become more of a carbon producer due to the growing use of liquefied natural gas. In the meantime, methane leaks from natural gas pipelines have become a big environmental concern.

Clean-burning technologies

Modern oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution; heating with oil today means no odors, soot or other residue in your home. Widespread use of ultra-low sulfur fuel oil, combined with cutting-edge emissions-control technologies, reduce already-low emissions even further.

Fuel conservation advances

Oil heat systems are cleaner, greener and more economical than ever. The latest heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient and can save you 20% or more on your annual heating costs.

Abundant supply

Domestic oil production has reached its highest point since the 1970s. As a result, most experts expect oil prices to stay stable for the foreseeable future.

Guaranteed service response

You can always expect a fast and courteous response from your full-service oil heat dealer—who is fully committed to your safety and comfort—at all hours of the day or night.