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(Toledo News Now) -
statewide propane shortage is causing prices to skyrocket and the cost of
heating your home is going up.
Governor John Kasich has issued a statewide energy emergency declaration to
expedite propane shipments. The shortage is affecting 30 states in the U.S.
Township resident Lori Martinez says the rising costs are making it very
difficult for her to heat her home.
have a little one and one on the way, so even if I want to keep it colder I can't
because I have them," Martinez said. "It's not fun at the moment."
says it usually costs her about $650-700 to fill the tank up, and that lasts
about a month and a half. Her prices hover around $2.99 per gallon, but
depending on your supplier, prices can vary by more than a dollar.
to the Ohio Propane Gas Association, prices went up 32 cents per gallon last
week. Officials say they don't know how high the prices will go, but issued the
OPGA is working at all levels to seek relief from the current distribution and
infrastructure problems facing Ohioans and their fuel providers."
at Reliance Energy in Toledo say they haven't seen a shortage like this in 14
years. They say most years they fill up on 5-7 loads of propane per week during
the heating season, but this year, they're down to 2-3.
doing the things that we can, just bring space heaters in and turning it down
low, but it's cold and we're paying so much money and it's still cold,"
Martinez said. "It's frustrating because the house is cold and you're going
also says she is using her fireplace for heat. Other ways you can reduce your
furnace use is by putting plastic over windows, using weather strips,
insulating your attic and using thermal curtains.
cold? We have a slideshow with some helpful tips on how you can keep warm. See