Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), can heat your home, water, swimming pool, kitchen stove, and even your fireplace. If you currently use a different source of fuel to power your home’s heating or appliances, you also have the option of switching to propane if desired. We are happy to walk you through the process of switching to propane, and will help you choose the appropriate tank, recommend other necessary equipment and connect your new propane system to your appliances.
Whether you already use it or are making the switch to propane, there are several reasons to work with a company that offers dependable propane delivery service. The appliances and equipment in your home that typically run on propane are essential to making your home comfortable. When you choose SMO Energy as your propane provider, we can enroll you in our automatic delivery program so you never have to worry about checking your propane tank. We will monitor your tank for you and automatically refill it when it starts to get low.
You most likely have a lot of questions about propane use and delivery, and we are here to answer them. Look below for the answers to our most common propane questions. If you do not see the answers you are looking for, feel free to contact us and one of our Client Care Representatives will be glad to help you.
The propane we supply to our clients is produced domestically. Propane is a by-product of crude oil refining and natural gas processing. The majority of the propane used in the U.S. is produced in either the U.S. or Canada. U.S.-based petroleum refineries produce about one-third of the supply of propane, while U.S.-based natural gas processing plants produce the majority of the other two-thirds. Canadian imports make up about 5% of the U.S. supply.
How long your propane tank stays filled depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the container and the amount of fuel your home or business uses. You can look at the burn rating of your furnace and compare it to the energy produced by one gallon of propane (about 92,000 British Thermal Units or BTUs). A furnace with a burn rating of 100,000 would use about 0.92 gallons of fuel per hour.
Once you know how quickly your furnace uses fuel, you multiply the amount by the capacity of your propane tank to find out how long a filled tank will last.
Instead of doing all of that math, we can monitor your tank and usage for you with our free automatic delivery program. We’ll monitor your tank and automatically deliver when it starts to get low. You can also see your next estimated delivery date by logging in to your SMO Energy Online account.
If you already use propane at your home and are interested in switching to SMO Energy from another supplier, we will need to give you a new tank. We cannot fill a tank that belongs to another company for liability reasons.
This is common across the industry. No fuel company will fill a tank that is not theirs, as doing so can raise liability issues. If you need a new tank, we will work with you and provide a tank that will work best for your home.
Propane has many uses in the home and for businesses. More than 7.8 million households in the U.S. heat their homes with propane. In Maryland, more than 70,000 homes use propane for heating.
Around 4.6 million U.S. households use propane to heat water. Other at-home uses for propane include powering clothes dryers and stoves/ovens.
Additional uses of propane include:
Your energy bill might be higher than usual for a few reasons. One reason is that the cost of propane fluctuates based on supply and demand. When demand is up, such as right before winter, prices increase. While we cannot control the global supply of propane, we can help you manage your energy costs through programs such as SmartPay.
In some cases, an increase in your energy bill might have nothing to do with the price of propane and everything to do with the condition of your tank or furnace. An older heater might not work as efficiently as it once did and might use more fuel to heat your home. A leaking tank can also cause you to go through fuel more quickly than usual.
Your home heating habits might also affect your energy bill. When it is frigid outside, you might be cranking up your heat. If your home does not have proper insulation or if the windows are not properly sealed, you might need to use more energy to heat the interior.
You might be using more propane than usual for a few reasons. It could be a result of an issue with your propane tank, such as a leak. Although this is not common, it is important to know the signs and proper measures that need to be taken. If you notice an odor of rotten-eggs in or around your home, leave your home right away, call the fire department, and then call us to have one of our propane specialists help assess the condition of your tank.
It is also possible that you are merely using more propane than you usually do. If it is icy out, your furnace might have to work harder to keep your home comfortable. If you use propane to heat your home’s water, people in your family might be taking longer, hotter showers and using more fuel. If you are concerned about your propane use, one of our propane specialists can take a look at your tank or furnace to help you find ways to make your system more efficient.
Propane is safe to use for home heating and to power appliances such as stoves and clothes dryers. Propane is nontoxic and nonpoisonous. It also does not harm soil or groundwater.
Proper handling and storage of propane increase its safety. When you call SMO Energy for propane delivery, one of our specialists will visit your home to determine the best place to locate your tank. We will also perform a safety check at each fill-up to make sure your tank and systems are functioning as they should be.
If you are interested in switching from heating oil to propane, your best bet is to call a professional to assist. The conversion process involves replacing your fuel tank and in some cases swapping out or retrofitting your existing heating system. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our expert propane specialists, who will walk you through all of your options for switching to propane.
If you want to switch your home heating and appliances from natural gas to propane, talk to us. We can help you choose the best system and equipment to keep your home comfortable with propane. Contact us to schedule a free in-home energy consultation with one of our expert propane specialists.
There is no “right” amount of propane to use each month. How much fuel you end up using depends on a variety of factors. The size of your house, how many rooms you are heating and how else you are using the propane all affect usage. What you want to pay attention to is if your fuel use suddenly increases. That can be a sign that something could be wrong with your tank, furnace or another appliance.
At SMO Energy, we treat every client like they are our only client, and we have the skilled and passionate personnel to do just that.
When you choose us for propane delivery service in Maryland, you will enjoy the benefit of attention from propane specialists who know how to install and fill your tank smoothly and safely. You will never get hit with any hidden delivery fees. The price per gallon we quote you for our propane is what you pay.
Thanks to our large fleet of trucks and local service area, you will also get your propane fast, so you will never have to worry about being without heat. To make sure you never run low on propane, you can be set up our easy automatic delivery plan for free as well. We also offer helpful monthly payment plans at no additional charge, and you can manage everything easily and conveniently through your online account.
Propane offers many benefits to home and business owners:
When you call SMO Energy for propane delivery, one of our Propane Specialists will visit your home or business and meet with you. During the visit, our specialist will survey your property to find the safest place to install your tank. If you already have a propane tank, they will survey the current placement of the tank to make sure it is suitable.
Our specialist will review the appliances your home uses that need to connect to the tank. If you plan on adding appliances in the future, such as a clothes dryer or gas fireplace, they will discuss your plans for them.
Here’s what you can expect during your meeting with a propane specialist:
When you meet with one of our propane specialists, feel free to ask any questions you might have. We are here to help you and to tell you everything you need to know to begin enjoying safe, energy-efficient propane gas heating.
If you are looking for a new propane provider or are interested in switching from heating oil or natural gas, get in touch with us today. To get started, call 1-800-222-3720 or contact us online to set up a meeting at your Southen Maryland home with one of our propane specialists. If you do not currently use propane at your property, you might qualify for up to $1,000 in savings when you make the switch. Contact us to learn more today.
If you’re considering switching to propane from SMO Energy, schedule your FREE in-home propane consultation to learn more about all of your propane options and how you can switch to SMO Energy today!
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