If your home is heated by propane, get ready to dig a little deeper into your wallet because costs are on the rise.

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Feeding the Pig

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As a homeowner, no one likes feeding the pig (propane tanks are often referred to as "The Pig"). Paying for filling up my propane tank is one of the worst bills I get each year. I never know when the propane company is going to fill the tank or what the cost may be until the bill is hanging on my doorknob.

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I will say I did get a letter from my propane service that did say the price would be higher this year. So I will be hoping for a warmer fall this year so I can keep the heater off as long as I can.

Propane Costs Are Up

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When a company's cost goes up, so does the service they provide to its customers. Propane has gone up substantially which means you will pay more this winter season.

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WOOD reported that Brad Morrill chief customer experience officer and VP for Crystal Flash said, "It's up about 35%, propane is. And to put that into perspective gasoline is up over 50%. Diesel is up over 70%. Natural gas is over 100% up."

Ways to Keep Your Propane Cost Down

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I'm not saying put a coat on in your house but dressing warmer and keeping the heat down is a way to save a few bucks. I wear sweats and use blankets and keep the thermostat down until I know guests are coming over.

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I have an electric space heater that does a great job in October and November. My electric bill goes up a little but that is way better than feeding the pig. I also use the space heater in March and April if I can get away with it and we have warmer temperatures than normal.

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