STATEWIDE – Maine continues to be the most heating oil dependent state in the entire country.
That’s according to the Governor’s Energy Office which conducted its weekly heating fuel price survey. The average price for number 2 heating oil stands at $2.26 per gallon. That’s down four cents from a couple of weeks ago.
Officials say Mainer’s have taken measures over the past ten years to reduce heating oil consumption by adding insulation, replacing old equipment and other measures.
As a result of that, the number of households relying on heating oil for their primary source of heat has fallen from a high of more than 75 percent in 2009 to more than 64 percent in 2015.
However, as the chart illustrates, Maine is still the most heating oil dependent state in the U.S. That means Mainer’s remain more vulnerable to volatile oil prices than other states .
Meanwhile, the average price for kerosene is now $2.79 a gallon and propane has decreased five cents since last month to an average of $2.55 a gallon.