Propane-heated homes cost owners plenty

The cost of heating northern homes with propane is going through the roof.

Propane is now more expensive than electricity when it comes to home heating costs.

Energy analysts at Yukon Housing Corporation say propane achieved the dubious honor last week when it passed the 65 cent per litre mark.

But Yukon's propane dealers say they're hostage to the refineries in Alberta.

Shaun Farrell owns Polar Propane and says the refineries have raised prices 8 times in the last month.

"It's something we don't have any control over and it's unfortunate these guys down there are so greedy," he says. "I guess that's what drives them is greed. I'm sure if they could find a way to do the same thing with diesel oil they'd probably be doing it to you."

Propane prices increased again this week to just over 70 cents per litre.

Canadas 2 major suppliers; Superior Propane and ICG, merged this year.

They are still operating independent dealerships in Whitehorse but it gives the amalgamated parent company a monopoly in the Yukon.