The Saratoga Sun -

By Liz Wood 

Electric vs. propane: The debate heats up


Liz Wood

The Tri-FLO system sits where the gas furnace used to be in Jim Hepp's home. The heat transfer system uses electricity to heat the rural home rather than propane.

This past winter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration recorded the highest prices of propane since 1990.

The price of propane has steadily increased since 1990, but this year, there were significants jumps in the price.

In December 2013, the average cost of propane began to increase 10 cents per week until peaking at $4.01 per gallon.

At the end of the heating season - March 17 - according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the price of propane was at $3.07 per gallon, a 75-percent increase over last year's prices of the same time frame.

For many rural residents, propane...

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