Many South Dakota consumers already facing high prices for gasoline and groceries should also expect to pay far more to heat their homes this winter, with prices for propane and heating oil already far higher than last year and rising fast.
Some experts worry the high prices could push some families to take unsafe measures to provide household heat, raising the risk of fires or other emergencies.
Prices for home heating fuels, from propane to natural gas to heating oil, all tend to peak in late fall or early winter when demand rises. But this year, prices have risen much earlier and much higher than normal, and experts expect the situation to worsen as colder weather arrives.
As with any household necessity, the price increases for home heating fuels will place disproportionate stress on low-income families or households on fixed incomes.
Photo: Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA
Date 14 August 2016
Author Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de