Hoosiers worried about propane shortages

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BROWNSBURG – Hoosiers are being asked to conserve how much propane gas they use, as bitterly cold temperatures continue impacting the state.
Half a million Hoosiers use propane gas to heat their home. There are propane gas shortages throughout the Midwest this winter and it has become difficult for drivers to find supplies that is why they are traveling farther to get them.
“I hope we’re at a point now where it’s not going to get worse. We don’t know what the weather is going to be like in 2 weeks. Obviously, (we are) not (following) a good trend right now,” Scot Imus with the Indiana Propane Gas Association said.
Imus is the executive director of the Indiana Propane Gas Association.
“We’ve been encouraging people to conserve. We have been short filling (and) that’s not economical for propane companies,” Imus said.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller urged Hoosiers to cutback their usage of propane gas. His office has been watching the prices of propane gas to make sure Hoosiers are not getting ripped off.
Leslie Kasnak is concerned about the cost of propane going up too.
“We bought our first tank of gas for X amount and I’m worried that our next tank of gas is going to be like going to the gas station. It’s going to be that much more expensive because of the, you know, shortages,” Kasnak said.
Kasnak has two propane tanks. One of them is connected to her home. She uses it when she cooks. The second one is connected to her shop called Kasnak Restorations. It heats the employees and the furniture.
“You have to have certain temperatures for things to dry and it would be very bad not to have nice, good warm heat over there so that the products get done when (it) need(s) to be done,” Kasnak said.
The shop’s propane tank was filled up December 1st and they have already used 40 percent because it has been so cold. Kasnak said they spend most of their time at the shop, restoring antiques. Last year, the tank at their shop lasted them the entire winter.
“Since the propane tank back here is the main heat, we used quite a bit this winter (because) it’s been so cold,” Kasnak said.
Hoosiers are being asked to conserve as much as they can, during this serious situation. State officials ask people to turn their thermostat down and to watch how much hot water they’re using. People have also been asked to monitor how much propane gas they use in case their delivery is delayed. If you people can, they are encouraged to try using other sources to heat their home.
Kasnak has a wood stove and said she could use that more often, if she needed to do so. She is thankful she has that option, but is concerned about other Hoosiers who may not have one.
“It’s a little hard when, you know, you have chill(y) temperatures like in the minus degrees. It is not easy, but -of course- if we need to we will definitely do our part to help. If all of us pitch in, we could survive,” Kasnak said.
Imus said everyone will receive a break, when we get warmer weather. He said that is when people will notice the demand drop for propane.
“We still are -our backs are way against the wall. There’s still a very, very, tough job out there to supply residential users….agricultural users….and businesses who depend on propane,” Imus said.
If you run out of heat, if you need help, or if you notice price gouging, call 211.

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