Gas prices up 25 cents from a year ago

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by ROBERTA ROMERO and TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 8:14 AM

SHORELINE, Wash. – The average price for a gallon of gas in Washington state is 25 cents higher than a year ago, sitting at $3.89 for regular on Thursday. It’s also 20 cents higher than a month ago.

Triple-A cites a number of reasons.

"Each spring, refineries must switch over to the higher price summer grade," said Janet Ray of AAA. "Plus, the prices in Washington state are trending higher, which is typical.”

The Pacific Northwest relies on fewer refineries, which drives up the cost. The national average is 20 cents cheaper than Washington.

Refineries are also selling more fuel overseas.

One of the highest prices was found at the Shell station on Aurora Avenue and 175th Street in Shoreline. A gallon of regular is $4.29.

“It hurts,” said David Miles of Shoreline.

A new study found gas prices are usually higher during the week, so you could save some money buying on the weekend. Also, use grocery gas reward cards or buy at warehouse stores like Costco.

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