BUFFALO, N.Y. – While Western New York isn't seeing the severe shortages for propane that some other parts of the country are experiencing, those who heat their homes with propane are paying more.
In several Midwestern states, governors have declared states of emergency due to propane shortages. New York is among 24 states that fall under the federal transportation department's "emergency declaration", which eases regulatory hurdles for propane deliveries.
According to data from NYSERDA, prices for propane in the WNY area are up about 23% compared to this time last year.
Census data shows only about 4% of WNY households use propane to heat their homes.
About 4% of households also use kerosene or heating oil. Those prices are steady compared to a year ago, only up 1%.
Electric heat is used in about 8% of WNY homes. Electric prices are also on the rise. Statewide, the average price has gone up about 6% since this time last year.
And finally, we'll look at natural gas. This is used to heat the vast majority of homes in WNY, about 82%.
The latest price figures on natural gas are from October. At that point, we were up about 7% in cost over last winter.
Energy experts say not to expect price reductions on your heating bill until the cold weather hitting a huge part of the country is replaced with warmer temperatures.