Gas prices are on the march again. Where can you get the cheapest gas in Chantilly? We'll get to that in just a second.
First: How much are we spending on gas? That Texas A&M study that said the DC area has the worst traffic? It also noted that America as a whole spends $121 billion in gas and time in traffic each year. That's roughly $818 per person, per year.
And no, it's not your imagination. Gas prices are going up. Here's what The Atlantic reported Wednesday:
Despite the fact that we're in February, when the price at the pump is traditionally low, gasoline has marched up to past the $3.80-a-gallon mark on average nationwide, and is close to $4.00 on the West Coast. AAA tells the Washington Post that this "is the most expensive we've seen gasoline in the dead of winter."
The Washington Post further reported that "some analysts also pointed to refinery issues. Several refineries have been shut down for routine maintenance, and in the eastern United States, several refineries simply went out of business in the past year.
"Atlantic Basin capacity closures have improved refining fundamentals," the nation's biggest refiner, Valero, said in a slide presentation at a Credit Suisse conference this month. It estimated that nearly 1 million barrels a day of refinery capacity has been closed on the East Coast or in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the past two years, which Valero said allowed it to increase profit margins."
OK, so where can you find the best price on gas in Chantilly?
The cheapest price Patch found, courtesy of GasBuddy.com was $3.79 per gallon at the following stations:
- Sunoco, Defender Drive and South Riding Boulevard
- 7-Eleven, US 50 and Elk Lick Road
- Main Street Truck Stop, 43082 John Mosby Highway
- Valero, 42382 John Mosby Highway and Gum Spring Road
Two ways you can also save locally at the pump? You can earn gas "points" from Giant Food and Safeway when you shop for groceries.
At least you're not in California. Gas prices there are topping $4 to $4.15 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. The worst prices are in Los Angeles, where the average is $4.26 per gallon, according to AAA.
Have you found gas any cheaper than $3.79? How are you saving on gas? Tell us about it.