Surging home heating costs fuel concerns early in the season

BOSTON — Choosing between food, medicine, and heating your home is difficult in a normal year, but with this home heating season’s surging fuel prices, many in Massachusetts are struggling to an even greater degree to pay for heat.

“It’s just so expensive,” said Sydney Fuller-Jones, a government worker who spent most of the pandemic working 12-hour days or longer but may not have the financial resources to heat her second-floor Boston apartment.

Coming into the home heating season, the U.S. Energy and Information Administration (EIA) predicted customers nationwide would pay 43% more for heating oil than they did in 2020, 30% more for natural gas, and an additional 6% for electric heating.


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