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Like hot showers? You’ll love propane water heaters!

water heater installation marylandYou may have noticed a nip in the air lately here in Southern Maryland.

Times like these and the winter to come make long, hot showers and baths a wonderful indulgence. But if your home’s water heater is getting on in years, it either isn’t up to the job of fast water heating or is so inefficient it’s driving up your energy costs.

Now is the optimal time to upgrade to a new propane water heater, installed and serviced by the skilled, experienced service technicians at Taylor Gas!

Why is propane the best fuel for water heating?

If your current water heater is electric, now is the time to replace it with a propane version! Propane is a superior choice when it comes to running your water heater.

You may save up to $4,000 over the typical 10-year lifespan of a tank-style water heater by swapping out your electric water heater for a propane-powered model.

Did you know that water heating consumes around 20% of your home’s energy? This means the efficiency of your propane water heater may save you a lot of money.

A propane water heater’s energy efficiency may benefit you in a variety of ways. It has a recovery period that is twice as quick as an equivalent electric water heater. You’ll use less energy and will have to wait less time for hot water.

How to choose the right water heater

Did you know that you have a choice when it comes to water heaters? The conventional storage water heaters, which feature a tank, and tankless propane water heaters are the two most common types of propane water heaters.

There are benefits to both options. When you come in for a new water heater, we’ll thoroughly discuss your needs and budget to ensure you get the best water heater for your home.

Tank-style water heaters are less expensive to purchase and install. Their easy operation makes maintenance and repair simple and inexpensive.

Tankless water heaters are more expensive to buy and install up front, but they typically last twice as long or even longer than tank-style water heaters.

A tankless water heater is ideal for when you require a lot of hot water. A tankless water heater lets you not need to wait for hot water between showers, and the dishwasher can run at the same time. Installing a tankless water heater may save you 35% or more on your energy costs since it provides hot water only when you need it.

Taylor Gas can get you enjoying all the benefits that a propane water heater brings to your home. Contact us today to get started!

Stay comfortable and save money!

winter home checklist marylandThis is a busy time of year, what with Thanksgiving and the December holidays coming up fast.

But a little effort now can help you save money and keep your Southern Maryland home warm and comfy all winter long. Here are six tips.

Get your heating system a tune-up

A well-maintained furnace or boiler will operate at peak efficiency, which means it will use the least amount of propane possible to keep your home warm. You may save a lot on your energy bills without having to sacrifice one bit of comfort! A tune-up also lets our service technicians detect and fix problems before they get worse. Four out of five heating system breakdowns could have been prevented with regular, professional maintenance.

Enroll in Automatic Delivery

With Automatic Delivery, your heating system will always have the propane it needs to heat your house. We track your fuel use based on prior usage and current weather conditions. We accurately predict when you’ll need a propane delivery ahead of schedule based on this information.

Want more precision when it comes to your propane supply? We offer wireless propane tank monitoring! It uses wireless and cellular technology to track exactly how much propane is in your tank 24/7. When it alerts us that you need propane, we make a delivery. It’s the ultimate in convenience and peace of mind.

Sign up for AutoPay

Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your Taylor Gas bill will be paid on-time, every time! With AutoPay, we automatically deduct your payment from your credit card or checking account.

Install a smart or programmable thermostat

Programmable and smart thermostats make it easy to reduce your energy costs while keeping your home comfortable. Programming your new thermostat properly can save you up to 10% on your heating costs! Some smart thermostats even let you know when your HVAC system needs service.

Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends:

Do some work both indoors and outside

If you use a furnace to heat your home, take some time to vacuum and clean all the vents and registers. This will help reduce dust and allergens from circulating. Make sure furniture, draperies, and other objects aren’t blocking heated air from circulating. Put a reminder on your calendar to check your HVAC filter once a month and change as needed.

Did you know that drafts around windows, doors, and exterior walls can cause you to lose as much heated air as if you left a window open 24/7? Some DIY work with caulk, weatherstripping, door sweeps, and expanding foam can cut your heating costs by 10%.

Outside, make sure that vents and flues are clear of leaves and other debris, and don’t forget to clear them of ice and snow after winter storms. Make sure there are no obstructions around your propane tank. When winter does hit, make sure you keep your driveway and path to your propane tank clear. We may not be able to make a delivery if we can’t get safely down your driveway or to your tank.

Start planning to upgrade propane appliances

If your home’s heating system or water heater is getting on in years, the time to start preparing to replace it is now and not when they break down. New, high‑efficiency models can reduce your annual fuel costs. You’ll get a return on your investment right off the bat!

Whether you need propane delivery or equipment service, Taylor Gas can help you be ready for winter’s wicked weather! Contact us today to request delivery or service.

Learn about the even greener future of propane!

renewable propane marylandThe propane industry is at the forefront of the world’s effort to find energy sources that have a lesser environmental impact and a smaller carbon footprint.

Propane is already largely ecologically beneficial: it is produced domestically and burned cleanly, with almost zero greenhouse gas emissions. However, renewable propane takes our efforts toward sustainability a step further.

Read on to learn more about renewable propane, and what it can do for the Southern Maryland environment we all cherish and want to protect.

How renewable propane is made

Renewable propane is a by-product of the renewable diesel process. Biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides are being used in the development of renewable propane in the United States and Europe.

The final product of this process is propane that is identical to traditional propane in terms of characteristics. It’s clean-burning, affordable, and dependable. When compared with electricity, it has a minuscule carbon footprint. You can keep your home comfortable while reducing your environmental impact!

How renewable propane benefits you

As renewable propane development grows, more people and businesses will be able to readily benefit from it. This will assist in lowering the region’s carbon emissions as more people use renewable propane.

Renewable propane has other benefits, especially for businesses and farms.

Advanced technologies are now available for use with ultra-low-nitrogen-oxide engines. These and other advancements will result in significant environmental and public health benefits, particularly for transportation and stationary engines used in agriculture.

Renewable propane is interchangeable with ordinary propane at a molecular level, and it may be combined with regular propane and utilized in existing propane-powered appliances and equipment. It can also be used in vehicles running on propane autogas.

Businesses benefit from significant reductions in air pollutants and diesel particulate matter. These reduced particulates may also help vehicle and equipment engines last longer, requiring less maintenance and fewer repairs. As a result, renewable propane is beneficial to the bottom line as well as the environment!

Get the clean-burning energy efficiency of propane in your home. Contact us to learn more about adding propane appliances!

Why Your Bills Are Going Up

Dear Valued Customer,

Once again, we’re seeing energy prices surge across the board. We know how painful that can be for our customers. It’s painful for us, as well.

What’s Going On?

Gasoline has risen more than a dollar more per gallon vs. a year ago. Natural gas prices have skyrocketed more than 150%. Crude oil prices have climbed above $80 per barrel, a level we haven’t seen in seven years.

The cost of electricity has not been spared either. Higher natural gas prices result in price hikes for wholesale electricity because of heavy reliance on natural gas-fired power plants.

What’s more, wholesale propane prices have hit their highest weekly average levels since February 2014. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market.

What We’re Doing

People sometimes misunderstand how negatively all this impacts us, as well. We don’t make more money when prices rise like this; we make less. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk, or oranges rises. It’s not the local grocery that is profiting. (That’s left to the Wall Street investors.) Our customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. We need to tap into our lines of credit more. Our phones light up with questions. So the sooner energy prices drop, the happier we’ll be.

In the meantime, please talk to us about things we can offer to help you reduce your energy costs, or handle payments more easily. And if you are having trouble with your bills, please call us. We can generally work with you if you reach out before you fall behind.

Trust Us to Come Through for You

We’ve been in business for many years and have deep roots in the community. We have secure access to supplies. We are doing everything possible to ensure we can deliver — even if other companies cannot — no matter the cost or difficulty we face.

We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your loyalty. As we’ve done quite a few times in the past, we will get through these tough times by all working together.

Taylor Gas helps you enjoy the benefits gas logs offer

propane fireplace marylandWe’re coming on that time of year here in Southern Maryland where relaxing in front of a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace is the epitome of comfort.

Taylor Gas makes enjoying that comfort easy with our selection of quality gas logs, propane fireplaces, and propane fireplace inserts. You can see them all at our showroom, located at 21434 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Our propane fireplace experts will help you find the right gas logs for your fireplace, and the Taylor Gas service technicians provide expert installation, maintenance, and repairs.

A propane gas log-set is easy to use, and our gas logs are carefully crafted to look like real wood. You can easily convert a conventional wood fireplace to a propane fireplace with a fireplace insert. If you’re looking to add comfort to your home for the coming season and beyond, here are five reasons to add propane gas logs to your home.

Convenience

You won’t have to buy or chop wood, spend time cleaning up ash, or pay for chimney upkeep. You won’t even need to search for matches since you can start your propane gas logs from the comfort of your sofa with a remote control! Nothing could be easier! What’s another thing that’s easy? Installation, because you don’t have to go through weeks of hassle and mess (and the thousands of dollars in expenses) like you would with a masonry fireplace installation. The installation of most propane gas log sets, fireplaces, and fireplace inserts takes only a day!

Cost-effectiveness

There are a lot of expenses associated with a wood-burning fireplace that get eliminated when you switch to a gas log set. For every hour you use your propane fireplace, you’ll save at least 30% to 40% in costs. And that’s before adding in the cost of maintaining a masonry fireplace and chimney. Propane fireplaces convert most of the propane they consume to heat for your house.

Safety

If you have children or pets, a gas log fireplace is the way to go. It’s also an excellent option for tight places. Gas logs don’t create embers like firewood does.

Environmental friendliness

Burning wood releases about 28 pounds of smog-producing particulate matter for every million BTUs (MMBTUs) of heat output. Propane combustion produces less than 1% of that amount, so you’re dramatically shrinking your carbon footprint! 

Style

With gas logs, you have complete control over the appearance of your fireplace. You can choose logs that look like your favorite type of wood, such as classics like oak or maple, coastal like driftwood, or rustic with birch or juniper. We’ll make sure the gas logs are not only the right style for your fireplace, but the right size as well. If you are purchasing a propane fireplace, you can choose the style that fits your home, including country, craftsman, contemporary, and more!

Are you ready to have the comfort and convenience of gas logs in your home? Contact us or come visit our showroom at 21434 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park today!

Which one is right for me?

propane tank options marylandBuying a new home can be a busy time. All the paperwork. The move. Finding out all about your new home as you settle into it.

If your new Southern Maryland home uses propane, there is something else to find out: Who is the owner of the propane tank?

Because you bought the home, you may believe that the propane tank installed there is also yours. That might or might not be true. Here’s why.

The home’s previous owners may have leased the tank from their propane supplier, who might want it back. If that’s the case, the company will want its propane tank back. You could keep it if you’d like that company to handle your propane delivery.

However, if you wish to use a different propane supplier, you must replace the tank. No propane delivery company will fill leased tanks from other companies.

Taylor Gas is here to help with this!

Why is leasing superior to owning?

It’s simple to select your propane vendor now that you own a propane tank. Are you dissatisfied with the service or seeking lower rates? Because you control the tank, switching suppliers is simple.

When you own your propane tank, however, upfront expenses may be greater and the responsibility for maintenance and repairs is solely yours.

It’s also possible that your existing propane tank is leaking, has failed, or is not large enough to meet your needs. Replacing a propane tank will set you back thousands of dollars. There are also additional expenditures in the future.

Take the hassle and expense out of propane tank ownership by leasing one from Taylor Gas!

We’ll take care of maintenance, repairs, and propane delivery for you when you lease your propane tank from us. Before we install your propane tank, we’ll make sure that it’s the right size for your needs.

Our propane tanks are of the highest quality, and they’re installed by our professional and experienced service experts. With our dependable propane delivery, you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll always have enough propane to keep your house comfortable.

Taylor Gas makes having a propane tank at your home easy. Contact us today to find out more about our worry-free propane tank leasing!

Enjoy comfort and efficiency with Taylor Gas!

propane home uses marylandIf you’re using electricity for home heating, water heating, cooking, and other appliances in your Southern Maryland home, you’re missing out on all that propane can do!

Here are six ways that propane is better than electricity for providing comfort, energy efficiency, and more. You can get all of them with reliable propane delivery, propane tank installation, and propane appliance installation and service from Taylor Gas.

Efficiency

Propane offers far more BTUs per dollar than electricity. That means you can use less energy to heat your home, water, cook food, and generate heat than with any other energy source. Propane’s efficiency can help you save big on your home’s energy costs year-round!

Better results

A propane range makes cooking more convenient. You get excellent, flavorful food thanks to precise, immediate temperature control. Propane ovens also produce a moist heat, so you’ll have a juicier turkey on Thanksgiving!

With a propane clothes dryer, laundry day is much easier. A propane dryer dries your laundry 25% faster than an equivalent electric dryer. Not only that, propane dryers cause less wear on your clothing and generate fewer wrinkles—meaning you’ll need to iron less often.

Versatility

Propane does so much more than simply power your home’s furnace or boiler. It can provide power for all sorts of things around your home such as fireplaces and fireplace inserts, space heating, grills, pool and spa heating, firepits, and a variety of other outdoor applications. If you use propane cylinders for your grill or other outdoor appliances, you can get fast and easy refills at our showroom at 21434 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.

Environmental friendliness

Did you know that coal-fired power plants account for half of all electricity consumed in the United States? Consider all of the pollution generated by coal as it is burned to create electricity. Propane is a clean-burning fuel, so when it’s used to power appliances or motor vehicles, it produces very few greenhouse gas emissions. Using propane can dramatically shrink your carbon footprint!

Comfort

Propane furnaces and boilers heat your home faster than comparable electric heating systems. Propane can heat up to 140˚ Fahrenheit, whereas electric heating systems are limited to 100˚. Using propane for home heating means that your home will be warmer and more comfortable thanks to propane.

Security

During power outages, propane can ensure that your house is safe, warm, and comfortable. A propane whole-house backup generator is a dependable, safe method to keep the electricity on in your home for lights, refrigerators, electronics, and medical equipment.

Reliability

You always have the propane you require to enjoy all of this with your propane tank, expertly installed by Taylor Gas at your home. You’re not subject to the insecure infrastructure of an electric or natural gas utility, and their frequent outages.

Ready to add propane to your home? Contact us today to get started!

These myths are getting debunked

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If you’re looking into using propane in your Southern Maryland home, you may have heard some urban legends or flat-out falsehoods about propane.

These four are the most common, and we’re here to set the record straight so you can enjoy propane and all it can do for your home with propane delivery from Taylor Gas!

Myth #1: Propane is unsafe

Propane is as safe as any other energy source used in a home. Furthermore, propane may be safer in certain respects!

Propane has one of the best safety records among fuels. Local, state, and national government restrictions, as well as stringent propane industry safety standards for propane production, transportation, delivery, service, equipment installation, and maintenance have led to propane having a stellar record when it comes to safety.

Click here to learn more about propane safety and what to do if you detect gas.

Myth #2: You can only use propane for grills

Not true! Propane can be used in so many more ways than grilling! Here’s a sneak peek at some of what propane can do.

Myth #3: Propane is dirty

Propane is a clean-burning fuel that has half the carbon emissions of heating oil and fewer emissions than electricity generated by coal-fired power stations. Propane is classified as an alternative energy in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy!

Myth #4: Propane is expensive

When you take into account the complete cost of propane equipment and services, propane is one of the most cost-effective energy sources available. Because propane is so clean-burning, it will not wear down equipment as fast, resulting in less maintenance and a longer lifespan. Propane also offers better efficiency than electricity. Propane appliances reach efficiencies of up to 98%, which means you’ll get the most bang for your buck with propane! Our pricing and payment options make managing your propane costs easy and worry-free.

Get safe, reliable energy with propane! Become a Taylor Gas customer for dependable, courteous service.

Taylor Gas helps keep your home warm and cozy

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With fall just around the corner, we’re starting to put summer behind us. Soon, t-shirts will give way to flannel shirts. And sometime in the coming month or so, we’ll likely be turning on the heat in our Southern Maryland homes.

Is your heater ready for the coming cold weather? It will be with a tune-up from Taylor Gas!

[h3]What you get with a fall tune-up

Four key advantages result from having your furnace or boiler’s equipment inspected, serviced, and adjusted by Taylor Gas’s experienced, trained professional service technicians every year.

Preventing breakdowns. Regular, skilled maintenance may have prevented four out of five heating system repairs. When our specialists are doing their maintenance on your heating system, they’re also looking at it very carefully. This allows them to identify issues and repair them before they become worse, leading to a costly repairs bill.

Improving efficiency. A properly maintained furnace or boiler operates at peak efficiency. You will save money on your energy bills!

Protecting your investment. When your furnace or boiler is maintained on a regular basis, it operates better and has fewer breakdowns. As a result, the life of your home’s heating system can be extended significantly.

Protecting your heater’s warranty. To keep your heating system’s warranty in effect, most manufacturers require annual professional maintenance tune-ups. If you don’t get the maintenance, you could end up paying big repair fees in the future when your warranty is invalid.

No better time than the present for a tune-up

As the weather continues to get colder, our service department gets busier as everyone wants their furnace or boiler serviced right away. The longer you wait to book an appointment, the longer you may have to wait for your tune-up.

By having your tune-up done in the fall, we’ll be more likely to arrive on time. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your furnace or boiler is in its best working order at all times, no matter when the first blast of winter arrives!

Don’t go into winter without your furnace or boiler running at its best. Contact us today to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up!

Taylor Gas Makes Getting Your Propane Worry-Free!

propane delivery marylandIt’s a busy time of year here in Southern Maryland, what with back-to-school, trying to get in some late-summer fun, and the activities that come with early fall.

Just remember to regularly check your propane tank gauge levels. Here’s how you do that.

Look for the circular dial on your propane tank that resembles a speedometer. The numbers on the dial show you how full your propane tank is. If the needle is set at 50, your propane tank is 50% full. We recommend not allowing your tank level to drop below 30% before contacting us to schedule a delivery.

You can take this task off your to-do list with wireless propane tank monitoring from Taylor Gas!

The Advantages of Wireless Propane Tank Monitoring

With our FREE wireless propane tank monitoring, we keep track of how much propane is in your tank in real time with wireless propane tank monitoring. Wireless propane tank monitoring utilizes wireless and cellular technology to give precise propane tank gauge readings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Once your propane tank gauge reaches a set level, we schedule a propane delivery to your home.

You’ll be able to monitor your tank’s level with our app, which is accessible on the Apple Store and Google Play. You can check your tank gauge levels on your phone or tablet anywhere you have WiFi or cellular service.

There are several benefits of having a wireless propane tank monitor.

If you travel a lot or live away for part of the year, your propane use is erratic. If you have numerous visitors, your propane usage may far exceed what you thin between more usage of your water heater, range, clothes dryer, and other propane appliances.

You won’t have to worry about a sudden increase in usage putting you at risk of running out if you have our wireless propane tank monitoring.

If you have a propane whole-house backup generator, it’s critical to make sure there’s enough propane for power outages caused by summer storms, winter nor’easters, or grid issues.

Do you own a short-term rental or income property? Our wireless propane tank monitoring allows you to keep track of its propane usage from anywhere, ensuring that your property has enough propane.

You won’t have to lift a finger to get peace of mind!

Have peace of mind about your home’s propane supply. Contact us today to enroll in wireless propane tank monitoring!