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Propane and natural gas prices on the rise

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This week's winter storm is draining fuel supplies and experts say that's sending prices for propane and natural gas through the roof.

Many of you may have refilled your gas and propane tanks right before this storm blew through. But as you use up your supplies and need to refill, you might see a very different picture on the price tag and that has some people concerned.

"It stays warm but it's a chore for sure," Ashley Madison said.

It takes Ashley and her husband Travis quite a bit to heat their Short Pump home.

"It's not easy," Travis described. "It's definitely not easy."

They use a combination of propane, kerosene and wood, which keeps their home around 65 degrees. With all the supplies they have to buy, the Madison's say they spend about $150 a month to stay warm.

"That's a lot of money to just heat your home," Ashley said.

It could cost them more money soon. Experts say propane users who need to fill their tanks could be paying $100-$200 more per fill up than a month ago. Locally, contractors say propane has gone up 63 cents since Friday.

"Oh wow," Travis exclaimed.

"Oh man," Ashley reacted. "That's a lot of money. That's disturbing news when that's what we have to have to heat our home."

Columbia Gas officials tell NBC12 they haven't seen an increase in price because it was determined before the storm hit. The demand, however, has gone up and they've been able to meet it.

Still, the Henrico couple says for their house that would be even more expensive. For now, this winter weather side effect is going to have them making some difficult choices.

"We're going to have to cut back on some things," Ashley added. "I mean, we won't be eating pizza for dinner and things like that, but we have to heat the house. We have to stay warm and keep the animals warm. So we have to do what we have to do."

They'll continue down that road, at least until Travis' wish comes true.

"All I can do is hope for warmer weather," he said.

With some warmer weather mixed in with these cold snaps, experts say your bills might balance out.

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