MI, USA — The Michigan Attorney General and the Michigan Agency for Energy are telling people to keep an eye out for price gouging on propane. They are hoping to help protect people from those attempting to take advantage of emergencies by increasing rates.

With dangerously low temperatures, Michigan is under a state of emergency and many houses around West Michigan use propane as their primary source for heating their homes.

Although prices for propane aren't regulated, the state is actively monitoring the market. “The Michigan Agency for Energy monitors supplies of propane and other fuels throughout the year and works with stakeholders to assure energy security for all Michiganders,” says Madhu Anderson, deputy director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “We urge residents to work with their supplier so they have adequate propane to get through this arctic blast and check www.michigan.gov/propane regularly to track statewide average prices.” Currently that statewide average is roughly $2.03 per gallon. 

If you think you see price gauging you are encouraged to file a complaint at michigan.gov/complaints or by calling 1-877-765-8388. There are also additional resources and tips for saving energy from The Michigan Agency for Energy.

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