LIMA — Lima area residents looking for the best bargain at the pumps do not have to go far to find them.
Allen County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.40 this week. Next is Van Wert at $2.423 followed by Hardin at $2.424, Mercer at $2.43, Auglaize at $2.44, Shelby at $2.46, Hancock at $2.47, Putnam at $2.49 and Logan County at $2.52.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.46, while last week’s average was $2.43. Gas prices have increased 17.6 cents from last month’s average and have increased 21.5 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region are steady since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices were up 3.8 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was down 1.2 cents at $2.48, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week from $2.48. Gas prices has gone up 18.7 cents since last year and is up 9.3 cents since last month.
Gas prices this winter season have not declined like they have in the past, according to Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“While two years ago, areas of the country flirted with sub-$1 gas prices, we now see most areas more than double that,” he said in a news release.
Despite the increase in gas prices, DeHaan states that the gasoline production is currently strong and could indicate larger discounts in the weeks to come.
“The window is relatively small and closes shortly after Valentine’s Day, so don’t expect much improvement before the annual spring surge begins,” said DeHaan.
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