There has been lots of press in the past 2 days about the looming propane shortage in the Upper Midwest. One broker was quoted this morning as saying there is only a 2-3 week supply in the upper Midwest. In the past 2 days I’ve worked with several clients on strategies to manage propane expense.

I spend a lot of my consulting time working with clients on efficient operation of their ventilation system and I commonly come across issues that waste propane. In my list of what causes high propane expense, the number 1 cause is controller settings. Too many people working in swine facilities don’t understand their controllers and have incorrect settings in the controller that result in wasted fuel.