Some interesting data re new houses built in the US: http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/completed.html I thought the heating system info was particularly interesting: http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/pdf/heatingfuel.pdf <1% of new houses built in the US in 2012 have heating oil as their primary fuel source. Even in the Northeast, the percentage is ~5% of new houses, versus >30% pre-2002. In fact, according to the census the number of new oil-heated houses built in 2012 is ~2000 or so in the whole US, and all of those are in the Northeast. We can also look at Air Source Heat Pumps: http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/pdf/heatsystem.pdf Nationwide, ASHPs get 38% of 'share' as the primary heaters in new residential construction. Of course, most of those are in the South.... In the 'Northeast', ASHPs were installed in 4000, or ~8% of new houses. Conclusion: even in the Northeast, there are 2x as many ASHPs being installed in new houses as oil heaters. in the US overall, it is 90x! (183,000 versus 2,000 houses) Other random fact: nationwide, less than 2% of new houses built use hydronic or steam distribution, and in the Northeast, the share is <10%. For a guy who grew up in MA where every single house I ever saw was oil-fired hydronic baseboards, who then bought the same thing in PA, this is slightly mind-blowing. But since I am now ripping out the old baseboard in my retrofit ASHP-heated 1960s house, I guess I won't worry about hurting the resale value 15 years from now.