The cost of home heating oil remains higher than it was a year ago, ending the month at an average of $3.87 per gallon, according to the Governor’s Energy Office. Propane and kerosene are also more expensive than they were last winter: the cost of propane is up 71-cents to $3.53 per gallon and kerosene is up two-cents to $4.32.
“Prices were more stable this February,” reports the Governor’s Energy Office, “but that provides little consolation to Mainers who are experiencing record high prices to heat their homes during a colder winter than we have seen in recent years.” Temperatures have been 18.7% colder this 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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