Liquid propane prices rise, making it more expensive to heat homes
Prices have risen for just about everything, and that includes heat for homes.
Joan Landweihr, an area resident, said that she's paying almost double now compared to what she paid for liquid propane this summer.
"I can understand a couple of cents, but not this much," she said.
Landweihr has used the same gas supplier since she built her home in the 80s.
But when the company gave her the most recent quote, it was nearly 50 cents higher than other companies.
"Something's got to be done with this,” Landweihr said. “It's the same stuff, and I'm sure the suppliers are all the same, and it just didn't make any sense to have that big of a difference.”
Landweihr is not alone in seeing higher prices for liquid propane. Since 2020, prices have nearly doubled.
However, unlike other rising costs, some experts said it's not linked directly to the pandemic.
Propane is a byproduct of crude oil, and in recent years, the U.S. has started importing more of its crude.
"We're much more dependent on foreign oil right now, foreign crude oil," said Bill Hoeltke of Country Visions. "We were energy independent and we were actually shipping out excess crude."
Now, the higher costs of crude are hitting those who heat their homes with its by-products.
As for Landweihr, she said she's concerned about what the increase in prices will do to those who rely on liquid propane for heat.
"I do use my LP just like everybody else, and I'm concerned about the elderly freezing," she said.
County Visions says the best way to make sure you aren't paying an arm and a leg for your propane is to sign a supply contract during the summer.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program provides help to those who are having a hard time paying their heat and electric bills. Those requirements have been adjusted for the pandemic.