Residents form group in Calif. to negotiate propane costs

Residents of a neighborhood in Soquel, Calif., formed a group called Rodeo Gulch Propane Users Group to seek lower propane prices. The group secured a deal with Ferrellgas after contacting several propane providers in the area. "It's all about creating efficiencies. ... We are encouraging energy-use efficiency because instead of having a lot of competing companies with trucks driving all over the county, we now have one company serving us with a contiguous route," said Claudia Ayers, a member of the group.

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