Lake area residents may not need it now but some say this is the best time of year to purchase propane as it’s cheaper and more accessible. That’s according to officials with the Missouri propane gas association. There was a shortage of the gas this past winter which caused prices to skyrocket. Officials recommend residents get their propane early and maintain communication with their local supplier so they know what options are available. More than 14 million families in the U.S. use propane to heat their homes.