Luis Torres is a resident of Andrews and he lives and works with his aunt. He said during the winter the gas bill can get as high as $180 for her business, Vennette's Shop in Andrews and $120 in the winter at home. Torres added cheaper bills helps everyone.
"We can buy a little more things around the house," said Torres.
The Texas Gas Service's Permian Region includes cities like Andrews, Monahans, Pyote, and Pecos along. City Manager Glen Hackler says the region once with 15,000 customers jumps to 250,000 after merging with its El Paso and Del City districts.
"The Railroad Commission of Texas has jurisdiction over natural gas rates. They approved Texas Gas Service's request in September and the city council was asked to confirm the decision last week," said Hackler.
Hackler added customers in Andrews will see the rates on their bill decreased by 11% for homes and 20% commercially. When asked if the gas might be kept on a little longer at Torres' house he replied:
"I guess so," said Hackler.
Hackler said the decreased rates will go into effect immediately.