MILLER, Mo. -- The first snow usually gets homeowners who use propane outside, checking their gauges, making sure they can heat their home for the days to come. That’s why Monday was busy for propane companies and their crews.
City Utilities of Springfield says, on an average winter day, it'll pump out between 75,000 and 80,000 decatherms of natural gas. By the end of this cold Monday, however, CU anticipated its customers would use 115,000 decatherms.
Natural gas customers can just sit back and enjoy the heat pumped to them. Those on propane sometimes have to sweat it out, meaning people like Paul Hood of Hood’s Propane of Bois D’Arc freeze while working outside.
“We've been busy, hauling a lot of gas,” said Hood.
Hood's Propane made 30 service calls on Monday, including Miller High School.
“Anytime we get a snow, people run out and look at their gauge,” said Hood.