Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen by 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon Aug. 21. This compares with the national average that decreased by 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58 per gallon, according to gasoline price website mainegasprices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Maine during the past week, prices are 98.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has moved lower by 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 86.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Although crude oil ended another volatile week on the upswing, rising from $79 to settle just above $82 per barrel at Friday’s close, overall demand for gasoline is not likely to increase any time soon and we should not be surprised to see crude oil slip to the mid 70s this week as the price at the pump edges lower too,” says Gregg Laskoski, gasbuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

GasBuddy operates gasbuddy.com, mainegasprices.com, and more than 225 other local gasoline price-tracking websites that follow prices at more than 125,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also uses Facebook (facebook.com/gasbuddy) Twitter (twitter.com/gasbuddy), and phone apps to keep motorists ahead of changing gasoline prices.