We may not be seeing those below-freezing temperatures... but we are seeing the domino effect. Because millions of people across the country are using propane to heat homes and businesses... the propane supply is going down, and prices are going up. That shortage means local propane companies have to be SMART about their sales. Channel 4's Kumasi Aaron is joining us live from the AA Bottled Gas company in Oceanway. Kumasi, we understand employees there are RATIONING their propane? 3 3 Here at AA Gas the price for a gallon of gas has gone up about 70 cents.And there are limits on just how much you can buy.But owners here want people to know they have enough gas, there's no shortage here and no need to stock up. 00-0607-1419-2556-1:02DANIEL BLAIR/CUSTOMER 11:53:16-22 I was surprised this morning when I woke up and about ten o'clock I was just out of gas and no heat.A chilly home is what brought Daniel Blair to AA Bottled Gas.He filled up his tank with propane, eager to get it back to his house. But for Jamison Wendia his stop wasn't about getting propane for the day, but creating a reserve.JAMISON WENDIA/CUSTOMER 11:55:36-42 After seeing the news you know like we've got some kind of national shortage going on so I like to be prepared.VIDEO OF NORTHERN WINTER A propane shortage is plaguing much of the Midwest and Northeast.The Governor of Ohio has already declared an energy emergency in his state to speed propane shipments.And officials in 33 states from Minnesota to Maine have taken similar steps.TAKE NAT: 11:26:35-37 I guess there is a shortage cause my tanks aren't full so 37David Pinkstaff, Co-Owner of AA Gas in Jacksonville says while they don't have as much propane as they usually do, it's nothing like what many are experiencing across the country.He says they have enough to last at least two weeks, but they have been limiting the amount customers can buy to stay on target. DAVID PINKSTAFF/CO-OWNER 11:25:44-56 For cooking customers were limiting it to 23 gallons right now and for heating customers were limiting to 50 gallons to 75 gallons depending on their type of heating appliance they have 53 whether it's a partial hearing or whole house heating. That's enough propane to last most customers for a few months, but its more expensive. TAKE PRE-PRO prices are around record highs, up more than 17% from a year ago.For Pinkstaff's customers, a gallon of propane gas costs about 70 cents more than it did at the beginning of the winter.Despite the challenges Pinkstaff says he's optimistic they will melt away with this winters snow.And he offers this advice to customers.DAVID PINKSTAFF/CO-OWNER 11:29:42-53 I don't think you should worry you know just if you're normally running your heat really high turn it down turn it off during the day when you're not home. 50 and manage what you have you probably be fine. The staff here at AA told me most people have been very cooperative on occasion they have somebody that gets a little bit upset but once they explain it to them that there just trying to make sure everybody has some propane they seem to be okay with it. As for the price one customer told me under the situation he didn't think it was too high.