AUGUSTA — Maine energy officials say the statewide average price for No. 2 heating oil has risen by 5 cents per gallon to $3.56 in a weekly survey.

Monday’s announcement came as residents in parts of the state continued cleaning up after the season’s first major snowstorm with winter still six weeks away.

Director Ken Fletcher from the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security says both fuel dealers and customers face facing uncertainty about the coming winter and world energy markets. He says Mainers should do what they can to cut costs, through maintenance, insulation and programmable thermostats.

The energy office says heating oil costs varied from a low of $3.30 per gallon in the southern Maine to a high of $3.84 in the eastern region.

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