Railroad Commission offers hints on cutting energy costs

The cost of all fuels’including propane’has been rising nationwide. According to Railroad Commission Chairman Michael L. Williams, “Along with natural gas prices, wholesale propane prices have more than doubled from what they were last year. As a result, propane marketers across the country are paying more for the fuel they provide their customers.” “During these times of high energy prices, it is important for Texas consumers to know how they can lower their energy bills,” said Commissioner Charles R. Matthews. “Due to recent global events, all fuel prices have increased.” Commissioner Victor L. Carrillo pointed out that this winter’s weather was also a factor. “This winter was colder than normal statewide. As we head into spring, the winter price spike has already begun to ease.” The Commission offers consumers the following tips to cut their energy bills. ‘ Consider installing a propane-fueled fireplace or space heater as a supplemental heating source. Propane fireplaces and space heaters burn more efficiently and distribute heat more evenly throughout a room. ‘ If you’re building a new home, you may be eligible for a rebate on more efficient propane appliances. Contact a propane supplier for details. ‘ You can save more than 10 percent on your water-heating bill by turning down your water heater from the standard 140 degrees to 130 degrees. ‘ For more information on propane, contact the Railroad Commission’s alternate fuels division at (800) 64-CLEAR or go to www.rrc.state.tx.us and click on “Propane/LP-Gas.”

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