09/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From Oil To Natural Gas Heating: More Americans Switching

Suzanne and Dave Francione figured they could reduce their heating bill by $1,300 this winter by switching from oil to natural gas, so they called the utility company and plumbers. That was in May. Today, the couple is still waiting on their conversion, which won't be done until September because of a growing backlog of other Northeasterners desperate to abandon costly heating oil.

"We were watching the price of oil escalate" and determined that the winter heating-oil bill would hit $3,000, says Mr. Francione, a Needham, Mass., investment banker. "That's when we decided to convert."

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