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Co-op pledges to cut fuel bills for members

The Galway Co-op was founded by Casadei and a group of neighbors in Galway who sought to boost their buying power. The co-op grew from an initial 16 members and when they told their friends and co-workers, the co-op grew dramatically. It now has nearly 3,000 members, Casadei said.

Cutting fuel costs is not the only benefits provided by Galway Co-op. The group donates 10 percent of its profit to charities, and this has amounted to many thousands of dollars to community-service groups, including money to groups that combat illnesses and conditions like breast cancer and autism, and towards local emergency service groups, like fire companies.

"This is a win-win situation," Casadei said. "People are going to be saving a lot of money while charities benefit."

In northern Warren County, Casadei plans initially to donate money to local food pantries, considering that need for such basics has grown so much in the last 18 months, he said.

That sum might be as much as $5,000, based on propane sales projections, he said.

"This is simply a matter of giving back to our customers' communities," he said.

Galway Co-op members are offered a variety of other discounts for services, and details are on the co-op's website at: fuels4less.com.

There, people can examine an added benefit to members, which is a bonus of up to $75 credit for customers who refer new propane customers. This credit can mount up, Casadei said, noting that one pizzeria in the region hasn't used their credits to pay for propane costs for more than two years. Information on the referral program - offered through Galway Co-op's propane partner Ferrellgas - is on the www.fuels4less.com website.

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