Average Maine heating oil price down 8 cents to $3.77

Posted April 30, 2012, at 3:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine experienced a mild winter and an unseasonably warm early spring, but that hasn’t translated into a big drop in heating oil costs.

The state said Monday that the current statewide average is $3.77 per gallon, a drop of only 8 cents since the last winter survey on March 26.

Ken Fletcher from the governor’s energy office says Mainers should not wait until next winter to explore alternative heating options. He says a cold winter or disruptive events in the Middle East could be “devastating” for Mainers and could be offset by efficiency improvements this summer.

Within the survey, the lowest actual heating oil price of $3.44 per gallon was found in southwestern Maine. The highest price of $4.07 was in central Maine.

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