Alabama homeowners will likely see a rise in heat costs with propane this winter

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – As winter approaches, many homeowners across the country have concerns about rising fuel costs to heat their homes.

According to the US Department of Energy, many homeowners will pay more for propane, heating oil, and natural gas in 2020 than they did in 2020. Compared to last year, homeowners will pay 54% more for propane, 43% and 30% more, respectively. more for natural gas.

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Ben Meadows, an economics professor at UAB, said buying and shipping US energy overseas prices had risen across the board.

“European data see a shortage of natural gas in Europe, so they predict a sharp increase in natural gas heating fuels,” said Meadows. “Part of it has geopolitical reasons and some other mechanical reasons. But that means an opportunity for US producers, but that also means that prices will rise. “

Janet Tullis lives in an RV with her husband and said she has already seen prices rise, something she thinks will only get worse this winter.

“I think it’s going to go up because of the demand, because it’s not just the people who own RVs who use propane. People use it in their homes and live outside and they are not plugged into the gas, ”Tullis said. “You see these really big propane tanks that people have next to their houses. I don’t think it’ll get any better in the years. “

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Meadows noted that homeowners hit an unprecedented 7-year low in gas sales last year.

Experts say there are a few things to keep in mind to keep propane users down, including turning down the thermostat while sleeping or from home, and making sure the propane tank doesn’t get too low.

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