February Energy News

Feb 01, 2023

Winter Propane

February 2023.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Don’t neglect to tell that special someone how much you appreciate them. Or don’t and be prepared to face the consequences. You have been warned, so put it in your calendar. This has been a public service announcement. 

Well, February got off to a chilly start. Propane sales are brisk and supplies are a little tight but we’re able to leverage propane from other suppliers to get the propane that we need. It usually takes about a week for the supply chain to recover from a cold snap so I would expect that the entire system will be in great shape by middle of the second week of February in anticipation of the next cold snap. The good news is we can finally snowmobile in southern Wisconsin. If you enjoy that sport like I do, be safe on the trails.  

I went to a CHS event and one of the speakers had an interesting outlook on the world. She brought an  imaginative perspective to the world events that we’re seeing today play out on the world stage. Her discussion ranged from the war in Ukraine and China’s intimidation of Taiwan to the future of fusion and using space, mirrors and the power of the sun to provide energy on earth. It made me think about humanity as a whole and how if we work together instead of continuing with the ongoing conflicts and the hoarding of resources how much we are capable of.

Since we’re in the middle of our heaviest propane consumption, I thought that now would be a good time for some safety reminders. If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business, follow these instructions:
No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.
Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of February. It will be interesting to see what the groundhog says about the end of winter. He’s probably about as accurate as the folks who predict our weather. Thank you for your business. 

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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