The cost of home heating oil in Maine rose another two cents last week to an average of $3.89 per gallon, according to the Governor’s Energy Office – 36 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago. The increase was accompanied by a 12-cent-per-gallon jump in the cost of propane and a 2-cent-per-gallon increase in the cost of kerosene.
“This heating season has been a tough one on Maine families,” acknowledges the Governor’s Energy Office. Since the heating season began in October, temperatures have been 9% colder than they were last winter, and heating fuel prices have been higher across the board.
“Mainers are painfully aware of the fact that our population pays some of the highest heating costs in the country, which burdens our economy and undermines finite household budgets,” says Patrick Woodcock, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. Woodcock praised new rebate and loan programs from Efficiency Maine for helping homeowners lower these heating costs for the long-term.
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