Temperatures dip, heating bills rise
Thursday, 06 February 2014 19:35
With temperatures dipping below zero for weeks, the cost of keeping warm has been a concern this winter no matter what type of heat system is being used.
The price of propane has been among the topic of discussions most recently with prices jumping unusually high.
With no let up of cold temperatures, concern of demand, availability and price increases continue.
A noticeable increase has been seen in propane prices during the past 21 days. Less than a week ago propane was selling at $4.70 a gallon, but as of Wednesday (today) propane at Sapp Brothers had retreated to $2.59 a gallon.
The price jump came about because of a number of demand factors, one of them being agriculture use of propane.
“This was a huge year for grain drying,” said Tim Kaup general manager of Sapp Brothers Petroleum in West Point.
It isn’t just Nebraskans using propane.
“The cold temperatures and increased propane use for heating homes has extended to the southern states. There is a lot of propane used also in agriculture in the south.”
All that propane use has created a busy schedule for delivery drivers.
“We have three propane transports going out every day,” Kaup said. “We also have four to six bobtails go out daily for our rural deliveries.”
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