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Propane costs keep going upSubmitted: 01/23/2014

RHINELANDER - Many people use propane to heat their homes in the Northwoods.

It's typically an afforable alternative to other heating options.

But the cost of propane is reaching record highs.

The cost of a gallon of propane has gone up more than one dollar since Monday.

Prices locally range from 4.69 dollars per gallon all the way to 5.50 a gallon.

On Monday the price per gallon was less than three dollars.

A national propane shortage is causing the problem.

“The whole country’s cold. And a lot of the propane that’s manufactured comes
out of the South so they’re pulling it out of the pipelines faster than they
can get it here. They’re just using unprecedented amounts of fuel everywhere
else in the country so that’s why it’s driving up. Crazy,” said Wally Dahlquist
of Dahlquist Heating & Cooling.

Some local propane vendors had to close down early today because they couldn't
afford to pay the up front cost to their propane distributors.

High demand for propane causes distributors to raise prices in a short period
of time.

That means your propane bill could more than double compared to last month.

“The average home will use about 200 gallons of fuel a month this time of year.
The normal bills would have been 300 dollars but now you’re talking 800 dollars
so it’s gone up substantially,” said Dahlquist.

Some people are lowering their thermostats to save money.

Propane vendors say 200 gallons of propane will cost anywhere from 800 to 1,000
dollars.

That's forcing some people to look at other heating options to stay warm this
winter.




Story By: Karolina Buczek

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