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Does Heating Oil or Electric Heating Cost More?

Calculating the relative costs for oil heat and electric heat pumps.

heating oil St. Mary's County, MD In St. Mary’s County and elsewhere in our Southern Maryland service area, we supply premium heating oil to keep countless households warm all winter long. Homes in this part of the country have been using heating oil for over a century, and though much has changed in the last 100 years, heating oil’s robust heat generation hasn’t. One gallon of the fuel we deliver can generate 138,500 Btu (British thermal units). That provides a lot of comfort.

But how does it compare to an increasingly popular heating option today, the electric heat pump?

At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we can provide some clarity on their comparable efficiency, effectiveness and affordability.

How are oil and electric home heating different?

Oil-fired heating and electric heat pumps work in fundamentally different ways.

Oil-fired furnaces and boilers generate heat through combustion. The burners in these systems turn your heating oil to vapor and superheat it so it ignites. The robust heat created in combustion is either circulated via a blower fan and ductwork (in a furnace system) or via hot water or steam (in the case of a boiler).
Today’s oil heating systems can have efficiency ratings in the 90% range.

Heat pumps do not generate heat. They transfer it between indoor and outdoor spaces. In the winter, this system draws in ambient warmth from outdoor air and transfers it into your home. This process is efficient in the fall and early winter, but heat pumps can struggle when temperatures are freezing for sustained periods.

Is heating oil or electricity more expensive?

Comparing heating oil’s price to electricity is not always simple because they are measured in different ways. Heating oil is priced by the gallon, while electricity is priced by the kilowatt hour (kWh).

When you compare the Btu generation of each energy source , you will see that you would need about 40.6 kWh of electricity to generate the same amount of heat energy as a gallon of heating oil.

Look at your electric bill and check the price per kilowatt-hour. Multiply that number by 40.6 and compare the resulting number to the current price per gallon of heating oil. This will give you a price comparison between the two energy sources.

(It’s also important to check if any delivery-related charges would go up with the increased electricity use of a heat pump.)

Q-Dog saves you money on heating oil delivery!

When you do business with the Q-Dog team, you can enjoy multiple options to lower your fuel costs. We offer several discounts to all heating oil delivery customers:

  • A 25-cent-per-gallon discount on your first Automatic Delivery fill.
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount on all subsequent Automatic Deliveries.
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount when you arrange auto charge with a credit card or EFT.

Plus, when you enroll in FREE Automatic Delivery, you enjoy the low-stress experience of having Q-Dog manage your fuel delivery schedule for you. You’ll never need to worry about running out of heating fuel.

Enjoy affordable and reliable heating oil service from Q-Dog. Become a customer today.