Crude Oil prices are beginning to level out and have seen a slight drop in August. Demand for oil and gas continues to rise, but production has increased–resulting in a decrease in price despite reaching a 12-month high in July. 12 months prior, the price of oil sat at nearly half its current value.
The price of fuels, heating oil, and propane has followed a similar trajectory over the last 12 months. Traditionally, propane prices drop during warmer months which presents an opportunity for customers to fix or lock in rates for the next heating season. This summer, however, we have not seen this dip in price despite the Canadian inventory of propane seeing a steady increase from last month and being higher than last year.
The propane futures and forward selling prices indicate that propane prices will remain flat over the winter and experience a decrease next March. The weatherman is still predicting above normal temperatures in Southwest Ontario, which means you may want to consider closing your pool later this year and keeping your barbecue tanks full.