A lot of Minnesotans would rather not think about it yet, but officials say now is a good time to schedule a fill-up for your propane tank in preparation for the fall heating season. Bill Grant with the state Commerce Department says, “Generally speaking prices are gonna be lower now, demand is lower than it will be when people’s furnaces start turning on again.”
Grant says a law passed after the propane shortage in 2014 requires most propane distributors to offer a budget payment plan to customers. Distributors are also required to inform customers of the current price per gallon and any additional charges, fees and discounts. Extra fees are prohibited.
Grant says if you see a budget crunch coming, ask for help now. “People who qualify based on their income should certainly apply for energy assistance. That program will begin in October, but there’s no reason not to apply now with your local community action agency or county social services agency,” he says. Grant adds that applying early doesn’t affect your chances of receiving energy assistance, but avoids a hassle when the bills are due later.
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