LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Propane shortages nationwide are boosting costs for consumers.
But one area distributor is doing its best to make sure they meet local demand.
Midwest Fuels in La Crosse usually gets propane supply from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
But since the shortage started, they're looking to Iowa and surrounding states to make sure they have the propane supply needed for all their customers, said Aaron Benson, general manager of Midwest Fuels.
While they've met supply so far, there are some challenges.
Planting season started late in a cold, wet autumn, and it's been an early and consistently cold winter.
That means propane is needed for indoor heating and drying crops, and demand is up, Benson said.
With there being a shortage, he has seen the cost for propane double, if not triple.
"We certainly feel for all of our customers," Benson said. "We're doing everything we can to work with them. Any little bit they can do to conserve a little bit more will help save them money."
Some conservation tips include turning down your thermostat, limiting the amount of times you open doors that lead outside, using weather strips, and keeping your garage and blinds closed.
Midwest Fuels said while they don't know when supply will regenerate, prices seem to be leveling off and that's a good sign for consumers.
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