Frigid Winter, Fluctuating Propane Prices, & Shortage on Propane are making it difficult for homeownersWolverton, MN (WDAY TV) - A propane shortage in the Midwest has some homeowners wondering how they can afford to continue heating their homes.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Wolverton, MN (WDAY TV) - A propane shortage in the Midwest has some homeowners wondering how they can afford to continue heating their homes.
A Wolverton family says they are paying at least double to heat their home this winter - and with no end in sight.
Jennifer Olson says she last had the propane tank that heats her home filled about a month ago.
It cost $900
And with how quickly the propane has been burning in this bitterly cold weather, she says she may need to fill up again soon.
"Every time my furnace kicks on, my stomach just turns."
Jennifer Olson has lived in this Wolverton home for twelve years.
She and her husband have always heated the home with propane, filling the 500-gallon tank out back about four times a year.
But with a propane shortage and skyrocketing prices, It has become extremely expensive to heat her home through the winter.
Jennifer Olson/Heats Home with Propane: "It's only the end of January and I've already spent as much as I did all of last year."
Olson says they were used to paying about $1.50 per gallon for propane.
That has about doubled… last time the tank was filled it cost $900 to fill 75%
She called her propane company earlier this week, they told her the price per gallon jumped to $4.95but after calling again today the price was back down to $2.50.
Olson: "Everyone out here uses propane. My neighbors paid that and the prices are just fluctuating so much."
For now, extra space heaters and saran wrapped windows are helping her conserve as much propane as possible.
But in the long term, she says something has got to give.
Olson: "We're actually thinking we will switch to wood-burning. So I will be stacking and chopping wood like they did in the early 1900s."
Olson says they would start the process of switching heat sources this summer.