PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine homeowners are increasingly turning away from oil as their primary heating source and using propane instead as prices become more competitive.
Census figures show that the number of houses using propane has grown from 33,000 to 41,000 in the state over the past five years. That's an increase of 24 percent.
At the same time, the percentage of homes using oil for heat has fallen from 75 percent to less than 69 percent.
Maine energy director Patrick Woodcock says propane pricing has become more competitive in the past two years.
He says pricing is expected to push closer toward natural gas prices with supplies anticipated to increase.