Economy
6:44 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Heating oil hits 2-year high in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The cost of home heating oil has reached a two year high in Rhode Island. According to the state Office of Energy Resources, the average price is now $3.32 a gallon.


The high price of home heating oil in Rhode Island is leading people to do desperate things, according to Maggie Rogers of the George Wiley Center.


"People are trying to turn off the heat during the day so they have enough for the night," Rogers says. "People are turning it down just low enough so the pipes don't freeze. People are trying not to run out of oil because when they do the pump needs to be primed again. It's just terrible."


Officials with United Way say calls for heating assistance to their 2-1-1 service center have more than doubled since last winter.

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