Propane shortages and prices spike

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BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - The price of propane gas is skyrocketing this winter and many Hampshire County homeowners are finding it difficult to heat their homes. The cold weather in the Midwest, has increased the demand for propane, and prices are higher in Belchertown where many residents heat with propane gas.

“When you have a shortage in other parts of the country then they kind of attack your supply – and, of course, that creates more of a demand and then raises prices,” says Chris Kokosa of Kokosa Fuels.

Kokosa told 22News that on average, it takes 800 to 1,000 gallons of propane to heat a home per year, costing homeowners anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 each winter. He says that he’s seen up to a $1.25 hike per gallon due to the cold temperatures, a price that may frustrate some.

“It’s frustrating! It’s scary! It’s an added expense that I don’t need,” says Connie Tague of Holyoke.

Some residents are adding newer technology and equipment to lower prices.

“Well last year I heated with oil and my cost doubled so this year what I tried was installing heat pumps,” says Dennis Beaulieu of Chicopee.

Seven million people in the country use propane gas to heat their homes during the winter months.

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