Sanborn, Iowa — Unfortunately, those using natural gas to heat their homes won’t be the only ones paying more to heat their homes this winter.
Aaron Alons with Sanborn Propane & Oil tells us that propane prices will be higher as well.
But Alons says they encourage their customers to contract for their propane needs during the summer when propane is historically less expensive.
Alons tells us that customers that did lock in the summer price — at this point are saving about a third, as prices have increased about a third from what they were this summer. He says most of their contracts are in the $1.50 per gallon range. And at the recent high, the price was around $2.00 per gallon.
Alons says they encourage people to lock in the price, because you just never know.
Energy experts are advising people to look into weatherization and other fuel-saving techniques, such as getting a programmable thermostat to mitigate the burden of higher prices. Other options, including public assistance programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP are available too. Contact Upper Des Moines or Mid Sioux Opportunity, or the community action agency serving your area for more information on that program. If you don’t know who to call, you can always call 211 from any phone, and they will get you in contact with the help you need.