Gas prices back on the rise - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Gas prices back on the rise

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It's amounted to some extra cash in the pockets of drivers.

After dipping below $2 per gallon in January, average gas prices are back on the rise.

"Getting right out of college and going into more school, it's kind of hard to get all the money together, so it has been great to have cheap gas prices," said Nicole Battistone of Newington.

Battistone, a grad student, said she eased into her Monday at a Citgo off of the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

At $1.76, a gallon for regular gas, it was well below the state average.

"It's really good, really cheap prices," Battistone said. "It's perfect."

Some drivers, however, noticed an uptick.

"I've noticed them ticking up a little bit lately where they were in the $1.50s," said Michael Calabro of Cromwell. "Now, they're in the $1.70s."

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Connecticut is $1.95. That's up 10 cents from last week.

Industry experts said retailers are moving from their winter blend to a summer blend. They said it burns cleaner and more efficiently, which makes it more expensive.

"You get kind of used to it and then even if it goes up 20 cents, it's kind of a little bit of a shock still," Calabro said.

Analysts do predict that because supply is so high, prices will come back down in the next few weeks.

"I also have another vehicle that's an electric car so that kind of helps out too," Calabro said.

"I'm a little bit nervous about it because like you know it's nice to have these prices, so I mean I'm hoping it lasts a little bit longer," Battistone said. "But you know I guess I got to accept if it goes up."

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