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Home heating costs expected to be higher

With winter temperatures expected to return to normal following last year’s mild season, Massachusetts residents who warm their homes with oil can expect to spend a record amount in the next six months, according to a forecast released by the federal government Wednesday.

The combination of high prices — averaging $3.80 a gallon this season — and colder weather will drive fuel bills for heating oil consumers to around $2,500, on average, this winter, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That’s more than any previous winter on record, and roughly $400 more than consumers spent last season.

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