LANSING, MI (WNWN) - Did you gasp the last time you opened your heating bill? This long and exceptionally cold winter has everyone burning more fuel than usual to keep their homes warm. Judy Palnau at the Michigan Public Service Commission says for natural gas users, it’s not the fuel, it’s the quantity that is costing so much more. Palnau says we haven’t seen prices this low in eleven years while we are using 13% more natural gas because of the extreme cold temperatures.
Propane users are really taking it on the chin. Palnau says about 9% of all Michigan homeowners use propane, which has gone up in price by about 20% since last year, and suppliers are taking steps to limit hoarding. Some of the dealers, especially in the Upper Peninsula, are restricting customers, limiting how much they can purchase at one time. Governor Snyder has declared a Propane Gas emergency to try and increase shipments of the gas to hard hit areas, and the Public Service Commission is advising homeowners to do what they can to conserve it.