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Propane Prices To Heat Homes Jump Significantly

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OVID, Mich. (WLNS) - Propane prices have been rising significantly across the country.

Jim Bates, who uses it to heat his house in Ovid, says he paid $1.90 a gallon on Monday. Thursday it rose to $3.33 and Friday hit $4.64.

Those who rely on propane usually have large tanks called "pigs",

"We don't have gas lines piped to the house. We have to do it in a what you call a "pig" an LP gas tank," said Bates.

He says he'll make due with the situation for now.

"You find an alternative way to heat your house so if worse case scenario you run out--you've got an alternative way of heating your house," said Bates.

But he also adds that some people may not have that option. He knows people who are on fixed incomes that will have a hard time filling up their tank.

The prices are so high because the temperatures are so low, which is causing a shortage. That's why Governor Snyder declared a state of emergency...twice.

Bates adds that the tanks must remain 20-30 percent full at all times. Tanks can range from 500-1,000 gallons, that's a difference of $1,370 for the smaller tank.

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