SPRINGFIELD — A gallon of regular averages $3.56 in greater Springfield, AAA said Monday, down from $3.69 last week and $3.79 a month ago.
AAA said the average gas price in Massachusetts is down 9 cents from last week from $3.76 and is now averaging $3.67 per gallon. Today’s price is 16 cents lower than a month ago when it was $3.82, and 26 cents higher than this time last year when it was $3.41. Massachusetts’ average gas price is 27 cents higher than the national average.
“Gas prices are dropping sharply and are only a nickel more per gallon nationally than a year ago,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast vice president of public and government affairs. “But with oil being the main ingredient in gasoline, OPEC+’s move could slow this decline. However, the gas price will likely soon be lower than it was a year ago.”
Hampden County has some the lowest gas prices in the state at $3.54, although gas in Bristol County averages 2 cents lower than that. Franklin and Hampshire County both report $3.64.
Berkshire County reports $3.65 a gallon.
In Connecticut, gas averages $3.46 a gallon in Hartford Country. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation last week extending a moratorium on the state’s 25-cent-a-gallon gas tax through Dec. 31. Beginning January 1, 2023, the tax will be phased back in over a period of five months at 5 cents per month.
Home heating oil is more expensive than last year, averaging $5.07 a gallon as of the end of November, according to the state of Massachusetts. But that’s down from $5.32 the week of Nov. 21. Home heating oil averaged $3.33 a gallon at this time last year.
The online site GasBuddy.com said its survey of gas prices show they are lower than they were a year ago.
“For the first time in 670 days, the national average price of gasoline has fallen below its year-ago level, dropping for the fourth straight week to its lowest level since January,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
It predicted gas to sink below $3 a gallon by Christmas.
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