Report | 2013

Heat Pumps: An alternative to oil heat for the Northeast

By Ryan Matley

Heating oil is an economic drain on the Northeast region of the U.S. Users of heating oil are at a crossroads, as the fuel is increasingly untenable for long-term use. Heat pumps are an attractive alternative to heating oil. While there are some barriers to the widespread adoption of heat pumps, states can take steps to address these barriers. Reducing the upfront cost of heat pumps will drive the industry toward self-sufficiency and resolve many of the other barriers.