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Skyrocketing propane prices and bitterly cold weather leave many struggling to pay their bills


(KSHB) With more cold in the forecast, families are trying to figure out how to pay their heating bills.

Homes that use propane saw the biggest increase this year. Last winter, the average family using propane paid around $942. This year, that bill is expected to jump more than $400. It's a bill many can't afford.

Carol Reeves watches her propane tank daily.

On Thursday she had 23 percent left at her Weston, Missouri home.

"We've been scared to use it, seriously" she said.

That's because the last time she ran out, she had to pay $5 a gallon, totaling $680 for one fill-up.

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