Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cost of propane stings in East Mountains.

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

* At $1.45 a gallon now, filling a 500-gallon home tank costs about $725

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

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 cost about $1.45 through most of the area last week.

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

Some customers who use propane exclusively for heating are filling up a 500-gallon tank as often as every six weeks. …

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