Residents look for alternatives to heat homes

By Beau Ebenezer

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Another round of frigid temperatures is headed our way, and many are looking at cheaper ways to heat their homes.

Propane gas prices have increased to more than $4 per gallon which is three times higher than last year's price.

Now people are looking for alternatives to heat their homes.

Many are turning to wood burning fire places and pellet stoves.

Salesmen at the Stove Shop in Pekin said dozens of customers have inquired about the heaters in the last month.

"It changes. When propane is cheap, people want gas inserts or free standing gas stoves," said salesman, Ed Baker. "When the prices start going up, people start looking for alternatives. Right now, with the way propane is, wood is going to be cheaper."

These stoves require wood or pellets to produce heat.

They range from $2,000 to $4,000 and can be installed within two weeks.

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