Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is encouraging citizens who use propane to heat their homes to fill their fuel tanks early this season.
In addition, state energy officials are reaching out to 25,000 households across Wisconsin that participate in the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program to help fill their propane tanks before cold weather sets in.
The Department of Administration's eneregy assistance program will begin processing applications now (instead of starting on October 1 when the program officially begins) for the 11 percent of the low income households that use propane.
In addition to ensuring propane gets into customer tanks sooner, this will allow the State to potentially purchase approximately 15 percent more propane, resulting in as much as $1 million in savings that could be used to help additional residents in need.
Currently, the average propane retail price is $1.69 per gallon compared to an average of $3.04 per gallon that customers paid at the end of February 2014.