As spring takes hold, landscape contractors know fuel prices will be on the rise for the next several months.
The federal Energy Information Administration says prices as of April 18 averaged about $2.14 per gallon for gasoline, up 7 cents a gallon from a week earlier but 35 cents lower per gallon than the same week in 2015.
For diesel, the national average price on April 18 was $2.16 per gallon, up approximately 4 cents per gallon from a week earlier but 61 cents a gallon lower than this time last year.
EIA also compiles information on state fuel taxes twice a year. The agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, reported this week that as of Jan. 1, 2016, state taxes and fees on gasoline in the United States averaged 26.5 cents per gallon, while diesel taxes and fees assessed by the states averaged slightly more at 27.4 cents a gallon.
EIA’s report this week on state taxes and fees shows Alaska is lowest at about 9 cents a gallon for both gasoline and diesel fuel, with Pennsylvania the highest, coming in at just over 51 cents a gallon on gasoline and about 65 cents on a gallon of diesel.
Federal taxes are currently 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel.
EIA notes that fuel taxes vary widely among the states, as many states also allow municipalities or other local governments to impose taxes on fuel.