Here we present our first seasonal heating oil update.

We've used data based on the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which publishes price data weekly on home heating oil in 38 states by dollar-per-gallon before taxes. Unlike natural gas and electricity, home heating oil is provided by independent retailers.

We present our first seasonal heating oil update of the season which we will be following this closely throughout. The latest price of home heating oil nationwide is $2.67, slightly higher than the end of the 2016-2017 season, which was $2.58.

EIA's heating oil data is seasonal - from October through March. Here's a look at the series since its inception in 1990.