Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas

Your Energy Choices Matter—And the Answers Might Surprise You!

oil vs. gas new yorkIf you have the choice between heating oil delivery and connecting to natural gas in your area, you might be asking yourself if one is a better choice than the other. It’s a good question. But if you look at the facts, you’ll see heating oil comes out far ahead of other available fuel options.

Here, we’ll show you three ways this is true:

Environmental Friendliness

For a long time, the story was “natural gas is better for the environment than heating oil.” But, in fact, today’s heating oil is far different than that of years past. Most states in the Northeast, including New York, have committed to only using ultra-low sulfur heating oil, which reduces sulfur content in the fuel by nearly 99 percent. That means it burns extremely clean, reducing emissions by more than 70% compared to the “old”, traditional type of #2 heating oil.

There are other benefits, too! Because it’s so clean-burning, ultra-low sulfur heating oil improves the efficiency of your heating system—which also helps your system last longer and reduces breakdowns. Each of those has a direct impact on your monthly fuel bills—and can save you some money!

Equipment Costs + System Life Expectancy

While gallon for gallon, natural gas may cost less than heating oil, heating oil generates a far higher number of BTUs of heat energy per gallon. That means heating oil gets your home warmer, faster than natural gas—or any other fuel, so you use less fuel to get, and stay equally as comfortable.

There are more costs to consider, too—specifically, operating costs. A heating oil-fired furnace can last 28 years, while a heating oil-fired boiler can last 25 years. The life expectancy of a natural gas furnace or boiler can be as little as 10 years. And if you want to switch to natural gas, you need to replace your equipment and connect from your house to the main line—which can incur excavation and additional costs.

Dependable Service All Year Long

When you choose to heat your home with heating oil, your fuel is delivered on schedule right to your Hudson Valley home. Natural gas customers don’t enjoy security like that. Any time of year, there are reports of interruptions in natural gas service because of pipeline deterioration, cold weather, or accidents. When underground natural gas pipelines are damaged, hundreds and even thousands of customers may lose their supply until repairs are finished. You could be hours, or even days, without the gas you need to heat your home.

When you have natural gas, you’re dealing with a utility company. Usually, that means a far-away office where you’re just an account number in a database. Depew is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in outstanding service. We offer safe, reliable heating oil delivery with personalized service to perfectly fit your specific needs.

Learn more about the benefits of heating your home with ultra-low sulfur heating oil from Depew Energy. Contact us today!