SOMERS, Conn. (WWLP) - With another winter just a few months away, homebuilders may be building more homes heated with natural gas or propane, instead of heating oil.
Bill LaPlante, President of LaPlante Construction has built more than 500 homes in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut over the last 25 years. LaPlante told 22News he remembers a time when most people wanted to heat their homes with oil.
"Typically, if natural gas wasn't available on the street, It was almost a given that you'd go with oil. Put the tank in the basement and heat the home with oil; you'd have electric cooking and electric clothes drying," LaPlante said.
He told 22News that things have changed; fewer people are expecting to heat their homes with oil. He said that while many people who are building near a gas line are still looking to have a home heated with natural gas, an increasing number of people who do not live near a gas line are looking to propane to heat their homes.