Yesterday I took some empty jerrycans to the gas station to refill them. I treat the contents with PRI-G to extend gasoline's useful life for up to two years, then store it as an emergency reserve, rotating the cans and refilling them on a regular basis.
I expected to pay high prices, because we use more expensive, non-ethanol gas for our reserve stash (it's better for small engines like lawnmowers, and lasts longer than gas mixed with ethanol); but this was the highest it's ever been, in my experience. 30 gallons of gas cost me $132. OUCH!!! Thanks for nothing, Brandon!!! (Yes, I know even that figure is relatively low-cost compared to some parts of the country. Thankfully, Texas gas prices are still at least a little bit sane.)
We don't use natural gas or propane in our home, but those who do are in for a shock. Atomic Fungus reports:
Got an email today from the local gas company. Price per therm is going from $0.68 per therm to $1.11 per therm, starting May.
Understand, the gas company does not (may not, by law) make any profit on gas. The price they charge customers is what they pay for it.
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Now, thanks to Mom's improvements in 2008-2009--mostly the vinyl siding and the new furnace--the bunker is pretty energy-efficient for a house built in the mid-sixties. It's still a drafty shack, but it's a lot less drafty than it was when built, and even on some of the coldest nights it was still livable in here, and I paid $100-$120 a month in winter for heating the place.
January, February, I paid $200+, because Go Brandon. That was after gas went up to $0.68 per therm.
If the cost of natural gas does not rise [further]--and it most assuredly will!--it'll be $400 a month just to keep the bunker at 69°.
But guess what else! The electric company uses natural gas to generate electricity. So the price of electricity is also going to go up.
You think Go Brandon's approval ratings are low now? Wait three months.
There's more at the link.
How are gasoline, propane and natural gas prices in your area, readers? (We already know how bad diesel prices are getting!) How much fuel are you keeping in reserve in case of emergencies (not just to power lawnmowers, etc., but also a generator, or fill your car's tank if gas station stocks run low)? Let's discuss the issue in Comments, so we can all learn from each other.