Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Propane's Price Hitting Hard.

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

Average Cost Here $725 Every 6 Weeks

East Mountains and Estancia Valley residents who use propane to heat their homes are getting hit hard in the wallet.

The price of propane has been rising for nearly a year, but consumers really have started to feel the pinch since winter began. A gallon of propane last week cost about $1.45 through most of the area.

"This is history making," said Emily Page, office manager for Country Gas, an Edgewood propane retailer.

The average propane user in the area fills up a 500-gallon tank at least every six weeks, Page said. At current prices it costs about $725 to fill a 500-gallon tank. …

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