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The cost of home heating oil in Maine rose another four cents last week to an average of $3.81 per gallon, according to the Governor’s Energy Office. The increase came in the wake of winter storms and very cold temperatures, and was accompanied by a whopping 11-cent-per-gallon jump in the cost of propane.

“This has already been an expensive winter for Maine families,” says Patrick Woodcock, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office.

Approximately 70% of Maine households depend primarily on heating oil, which costs an average of 12-cents-per gallon more than it did last year at this time. The 46,000 Maine households that heat primarily with propane typically expect more stable prices, but tight supplies, delivery challenges, and high demand have combined to make propane prices rise precipitously, up 52-cents-per-gallon since the heating season began in October.

Woodcock advised all Mainers to assess how they can lower their heating costs, and praised new rebate and loan programs from Efficiency Maine for helping homeowners lower these costs for the long-term.

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