Propane Is a Green Fuel

Propane-powered homes enjoy efficiency, reliability, and affordability

green energy marylandDo you power your home’s heating systems, water heater, and cooking and laundry appliances with propane?

Many homeowners want to know that their fuel is not harming the environment. At Q-Dog, we are proud to offer propane delivery because it is a green, dependable and energy-efficient fuel. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear about how propane affects the fight against climate change.

Is propane a greenhouse gas?

Propane is not a greenhouse gas. Indeed, it’s considered an alternative fuel by the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Because propane burns with incredible efficiency (more on that later), almost no heat energy escapes from your home when you use it.

And the emissions propane does produce are far cleaner than other fuels:

  • Propane has the lowest carbon intensity of any home fuel besides natural gas.
  • Unlike natural gas, propane is methane-free.
  • Homes with propane furnaces emit up to 50 percent less nitrogen oxide than other fuels.
  • Homes with propane furnaces emit up to 82 percent less sulfur oxide than other fuels.
  • Propane emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

Simply put, propane is a truly green fuel. And it’s becoming even greener. Advances in renewable propane have produced a product that is chemically identical to conventional propane, but it’s made from organic and recycled feedstocks like animal oils, vegetable oils, biomass and other triglycerides. Renewable propane works in propane-fired equipment without modification. Its eco-friendly production process means it’s carbon-neutral at the point of combustion!

Does propane production require drilling?

Propane is a liquid co-product of oil and natural gas extraction. It comes from the exact same wells as those fuels and requires no additional drilling. This is great for the environment.

It’s worth noting, as well, that propane is a domestically-made fuel. In fact, the U.S. exports more propane than we use. So, propane-powered households are less dependent on global oil markets. While propane isn’t totally insulated from fluctuations in these markets, it’s less volatile, price-wise, than many other fuels.

How energy efficient is propane?

Propane is one of the most energy-efficient fuels available today. It is far more efficient for heating, hot water and other home uses than electricity. Consider these facts:

  • Propane burns hotter and more efficiently than many other energy sources. It has twice the Btu output of natural gas and far outpaces the heating capacity of electric heat pumps.
  • Today’s propane furnaces have over 90 percent efficiency in use.
  • Propane water heaters work quicker and more efficiently than their electric counterparts. Propane tankless water heaters produce nearly unlimited hot water on demand.
  • Propane clothes dryers dry laundry 25 percent faster than electrical products.

Taken together, you can count on propane’s high efficiency to lower your fuel usage and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. This makes it both eco-friendly and cost-effective.

You can count on propane to keep your home warm and safe, and you can count on Q-Dog to deliver that propane reliably and professionally! Contact us today to become a customer.

Are Propane and Natural Gas the Same?

Understanding the difference between two popular home fuels

home fuel options marylandIf you’re choosing between natural gas or propane, it’s not always easy to know the difference. After all, both look the same when burned in heating systems and appliances. They’re even scented with odorants that smell the same.

However, propane and natural gas are quite different. Let’s explore how they differ chemically and how you use them in your home.

The difference between natural gas and propane

Propane is essentially a natural gas liquid. Both propane and natural gas are extracted from the same wells using the same process (along with such co-products as ethane, butane, isobutane and pentane). This is quite good environmentally since fewer wells need to be dug.

Chemically, natural gas is methane, and it’s lighter than air. Propane is heavier than air. That’s why natural gas rises and propane sinks to the ground. That also explains why these fuels must be transported differently. Natural gas travels through contained pipes directly into your home, while propane can travel under pressure as a liquid via trucks to your home’s tank (it gasifies as pressure is relieved).

Choosing between propane and natural gas

Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to power your home’s heating and appliances with propane or natural gas.

  • It’s much more expensive to connect your home to a natural gas utility — as much as $12,000 in Maryland. And that’s only if there’s a utility nearby you can access.
  • Natural gas and propane can power a range of systems and appliances, and both are energy efficient. Even so, propane produces twice the Btu intensity of natural gas. So, you’ll likely end up using less to heat your home, water and gas-fired products.
  • Propane and natural gas emit very little carbon dioxide (CO2). But natural gas is methane, which the Environmental Protection Agency found to be 25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
  • Because natural gas travels through utility lines — many old and under-maintained — it’s more susceptible to widespread disruptions. With a propane tank attached to your home, you control your fuel supply.
  • Although your propane tank needs to be refilled, many fuel providers, including Q-Dog, offer no-fee automatic delivery service, so you never run low.

Are you looking for a reliable, dedicated propane partner? Become a Q-Dog customer!

5 Energy-Saving Tips for Summer

Prices are up, but you can still save money on energy costs!

energy saving tips marylandWe at Q-Dog have heard from plenty of Maryland customers worried about energy prices. We’re as concerned as you are and hope fuel and electricity prices will come down to earth soon.

In the meantime, we are always looking for ways to save you money by helping you make your home more energy-efficient. With that in mind, here are five tried-and-true tips for reducing energy use during the summer.

1. Shut your curtains and blinds

Don’t let the unobstructed summer sun bake your living space and make your air conditioning work harder. Keep your reflecting blinds and curtains closed during daylight hours. This also helps contain the cooled air inside your home.

2. Avoid opening your oven and fridge doors

The temperature inside your heated oven drops by at least 25 degrees every time you open the door. To avoid using more propane or natural gas for cooking, use the oven light instead.

The same goes for your refrigerator. When you hold the door open, your fridge uses more electricity to keep food cool. Decide what you want to eat before your open the refrigerator.

3. Only run full loads of dishes and clothes

Both clothes washers and dishwashers are designed to run with full loads. You waste hot water and energy when you run them half-full. You’ll run fewer cycles if you wait until there’s a full machine.

Want to save more energy? Try washing clothes and dishes on cold water settings. It still does the job but slashes the gas or heating oil you use in heating water!

4. Install a smart thermostat

You don’t need to keep the house as cool when you’re away or asleep. A smart thermostat allows you to schedule higher temperatures and give your A/C a rest. Smart thermostats can make power-saving adjustments when they sense rooms are empty, further reducing your electricity bills.

5. Take shorter and cooler showers

Did you know that heating water accounts for almost 20 percent of your home’s energy costs? But you can significantly lower your hot water expenses by taking a cooler shower during the summer. You’ll feel extra-refreshed afterward!

Also, if you shorten your daily shower by only four minutes, you’ll save 3,650 gallons of water for the year!

Are you looking for the most trusted home fuel supplier in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel and Southern Prince George’s counties? Contact us to become a Q-Dog customer.

Reliable Propane Delivery Near You

High-Quality Fuel at Fair Prices

propane delivery marylandPropane is one of the most energy-efficient, clean-burning home fuels out there. It can power home heating systems, water heaters, dryers, cooking appliances, and outdoor living products.

If your home or business is in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel, and Southern Prince George’s counties in Maryland, you have access to the most trusted propane delivery company in the area. Q-Dog provides premium fuel at fair prices with many ways to save money!

The Most Dependable Delivery Team in the Region

Your neighbors know that the Q-Dog propane delivery team is the most reliable crew around. Our courteous, professional drivers show up when we say we will and get your tank filled quickly and safely. With our convenient, no-fee Automatic Delivery option, you never need to check your fuel levels. Q-Dog monitors your propane usage and schedules tank refills when you need them.

We also provide full-service set-up assistance. We can deliver and install an underground or aboveground propane tank and even arrange tank monitoring for you!

Convenient Payment & Pricing Options

Prices are up everywhere, and we want to make propane as affordable as possible for you. So, we encourage propane customers to take advantage of our monthly budget plan. Instead of getting hit with four or five huge fuel bills around the holidays and tax time, you can spread your year’s propane expenses over 12 lower, equal installments. This cuts your winter bills virtually in half!

As a Q-Dog customer, you also have a range of payment options, including cash, check, electronic bank transfer, and all major credit cards.

Fuel Discounts & Savings

One of the best benefits of joining the Q-Dog family of customers is all the opportunities you have for discounts.

  • 25 cents off per gallon for your first Automatic Delivery fill
  • 5 cents off per gallon on every Automatic Delivery fill after that
  • 5 cents off per gallon when you use our secure auto charge system with a credit card
  • 5 cents off per gallon when you use EFT draft payment

And you can save even more money with our Customer Referral Reward Program. For each new customer you refer, we give you a 10 cents per gallon discount on all fuel purchased for one year.

Perhaps most importantly, Q-Dog genuinely values our connection to the region. Since 1945, we’ve been distributing fuel in Southern Maryland, keeping families safe and comfortable. We want to do the same for you. Reach out to become a customer.

Budget Plans: Managing Costs in Volatile Times

Q-Dog is here to help!

fuel payment marylandThis is an unprecedented time when it comes to anxiety over fuel costs. At Q-Dog, we understand the concern over the volatility of fuel costs since the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

Situations such as this are why, years ago, we created our Budget Plan. Your propane and heating oil costs are spread over 12 easy, affordable monthly payments. This allow for more stability and control when it comes to managing your fuel costs.

You won’t have to pay any more money than you did before. Our Budget Plan is completely free to join. There are no hidden expenses or surprise costs.

Six Budget Plan Facts

With the Q-Dog Budget Plan:

  1. You don’t use more fuel than you normally would. 
  2. We only charge you for the fuel you actually receive at the market price on the day of your delivery. 
  3. Your bills more predictable and manageable at a time when fuel prices are fluctuating like crazy.  
  4. You’ll have more cash on hand during the winter months. 
  5. Even if it’s really cold one month and you get two deliveries, you still only pay your one monthly payment.  
  6. If you have a growing balance, you’ll never pay any finance charges. 

How your payments are determined

Our calculation of your monthly payment starts by reviewing your past fuel use. Then:

  • We multiply your annual fuel use by this year’s projected price 
  • That figure is then divided into 12 lower, even monthly payments 

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars after each delivery, you may save more than 50% on your winter payments!

If your actual expenditures are a bit higher or lower than we estimated during the winter, we’ll make appropriate adjustments to your payments.

Since they recognized it to be a fast and cost-effective solution to overcome a difficult situation, many Q-Dog customers have joined our Budget Plan.

Consider things from a different perspective: You wouldn’t want to make mortgage payments for five months rather than twelve. Many people, on the other hand, pay for 80% of their fuel in four or five months. As a result, this naturally leads to large winter payments.

We’re on Your Side

It’s our goal to offer you the greatest price we can, while still providing you with trustworthy service and high-quality heating oil and propane that keeps your family warm and comfortable.

Many of you have been loyal to us for a long time. We understand that it’s frustrating to pay so much for your propane or heating oil. Unfortunately, the costs charged by our suppliers restrict our choices. You may rely on us to do everything we can to assist you during these trying times.

Ready to learn more about the Q-Dog Budget Plan? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer them and sign you up!

The Q-Dog Difference

We’re not like other fuel companies — we’re better!

home fuel delivery marylandIf you haven’t been satisfied with other area fuel companies, it’s time to give Q-Dog a try! We’re the happy medium between full-service fuel companies and fuel discounters.

We do one thing: deliver your fuel.

You’re not paying to support an equipment installation and service department, as you would as a customer with full-service fuel companies. That streamlined operation allows us to keep our heating oil and propane prices low without sacrificing quality in our service to you. And, because we’re local, you get responsive, reliable service that no big national fuel company can match.

We’re not like other discounters

There are too many fuel discounters out there who give the term discounter a bad name. They’re often one-person companies, with only one truck (usually a cheap used one) and the owner handling the deliveries as well as the billing and other tasks needed to run the business. If you use heating oil, you can’t be sure about its quality.

These discounters are often here today, gone tomorrow. If you need heating oil or propane delivered right away, will they even be around to answer your call?

Q-Dog stands head and shoulders above those guys. First of all, we’re a family-owned, locally-based business. Our parent company, The Gott Company, has been serving this area for more than 70 years. We have strong relationships with our suppliers, so you know that we’ll always have propane or heating oil for you.

Our team of skilled, courteous delivery drivers are trained to uphold the highest standards for safety. We don’t have just one or two trucks. We have a fleet of them, all bought new in recent years, and well-maintained so that when you need propane or heating oil, we’ll be able to get it to you. We have an office service staff ready to help when you contact us.

Another way we’re different from those other discounters is that they’re almost always Cash on Delivery (COD). That’s your only option. At Q-Dog, we make it easy to manage your fuel supply with the choice of Automatic Delivery or Will-Call Delivery. We also offer same-day and next-day delivery.

You’re also in control of your fuel costs with options like our charge accounts and budget payment plans. No need to write a check when we make a delivery, you can pay your bill online with our secure online account.

Get the best service at the best prices. Become a Q-Dog customer today!

Q-Dog Delivers More!

We treat our customers right

fuel servicesHere in Southern Maryland, you have a lot of options when it comes to delivery of propane and heating oil to your home and commercial diesel fuels delivery to your business.

That’s why at QDog, our primary objective every day is to make sure our motto of “Promises Kept” is upheld by giving our customers the best, most reliable, and most responsive service. We earn your business with every delivery.

All of our fuel delivery drivers are trained, experienced, and certified so you can be assured that your heating oil, propane, and commercial diesel fuels will be delivered safely and properly.

Our fleet of fuel delivery vehicles is new and well-maintained, to ensure we will be able to make prompt, timely deliveries.

With longstanding relationships with our fuel vendors and multiple company-owned storage facilities and supply terminals, we’ll always have the fuel our customers need.

Thanks to those relationships, our financial stability, and our dedication to high standards of service, our fuels are always of the highest quality.

We have invested in technology like this website so our customers can easily communicate with us, make orders, and pay bills.

Here are more ways that QDog delivers more to our customers.

Competitive and honest pricing

We know how crazy fuel prices are right now. Recently, the price we pay to our vendors for heating oil increased by $1.25 a gallon in one week, and what we pay for propane is up by more than 40 cents a gallon.

Q-Dog believes in transparent, fair pricing for our fuel. It’s why you see the daily prices for heating oil and propane on our website. Because fuel delivery is all we do, we can offer a better price than full-service fuel companies that also do equipment service and more. We are also more reliable than here-today-gone-tomorrow discounters, with our roots in Southern Maryland going back almost 80 years.

Personalized service

While our way of doing business is simple, we don’t skimp when it comes to our service. With QDog, you don’t get one-size-fits-all heating oil and propane delivery!

We give our customers options when it comes to delivery, pricing, and payment.

You can choose between Automatic Delivery and Will-Call for getting your propane or heating oil. Our Automatic Delivery option is by far our most popular, as it makes getting your fuel easy. We use your prior heating oil or propane usage along with current weather conditions to accurately predict when you’ll need a delivery and make that delivery before you run low.

Q-Dog gives you the freedom to personalize how you manage your fuel costs. With our Budget Plan, you can spread your propane and heating oil costs out over 12 even, easy monthly payments. With Auto Pay, your payment is automatically deducted from your checking account or credit card. Your payment is on time, every time.

Whichever payment option you choose, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and EFT drafts.
We also help you save money! Here are the discounts we offer.

  • Automatic Delivery first fill discount of 25 cents per gallon
  • Automatic Delivery discount for all fills after that of 5 cents per gallon
  • Auto Pay discount of 5 cents per gallon
  • EFT Draft discount of 5 cents per gallon
  • New customer referral discount of 10 cents per gallon for one full year for each customer you refer

When it comes to dependable heating oil and propane delivery in Southern Maryland, QDog can’t be beat! Become a customer today.

Propane Is Vital to a Sustainable Future

One of America’s Cleaner, Most Efficient Energy Sources

home efficiency marylandThere’s a lot of discussion these days about the role of home energy sources in climate change. Government officials, climate advocates and private businesses want to move away from fuels that emit greenhouse gases.

At Q-Dog, we want to slow the harmful effects of climate change too, and that is why we are proud to deliver propane to homes across Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel and Southern Prince George’s counties. While propane might not always be mentioned as a green energy source, it absolutely is.

Propane is an integral part of any balanced, effective carbon reduction strategy. Here are just a few reasons why:

Propane is incredibly efficient and clean

Propane-powered homes have smaller carbon footprints in large part because propane is 90% efficient. That means that when your furnace or boiler burns propane, very little heat energy escapes through your chimney into the atmosphere.

The emissions that do escape when propane burns are much cleaner than with other energy sources. Propane contains virtually no particulate matter (a known carcinogen) and releases significantly less carbon dioxide. It emits 50 percent less nitrogen oxide and 82 percent less sulfur oxide – contributors to acid rain and respiratory illnesses – than electric furnaces.
In fact, propane has been classified as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy.

Propane is affordable

Also, residential heating and home appliances work more efficiently with propane than electricity. The average propane-fired furnace keeps a U.S. home 20°F warmer than an electric heat pump. In addition, propane water heaters generally cost 30% less to operate than electric ones, and those savings increase to 60% less for tankless propane water heaters.

In short, your propane equipment doesn’t need as much fuel to run effectively, saving you cash!

Propane is reliable and non-toxic

Powering your home with propane means that you have total control over your heat, hot water and gas-fired appliances. You don’t need to rely on aging utility lines or an electric grid that’s prone to blackouts.

You can enjoy peace of mind, too, knowing that your family and property are safe with a propane tank. Propane does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak.

Propane is a practical, eco-friendly way to heat your home and power your appliances. We would love to be your family’s energy partner. If you’re looking for a reliable, locally-owned home heating company, join our family of customers today!

Energy-Efficiency Tips That Will Save You Cash

Home Heating Is Pricey During Cold Months; Smarter HVAC Use Can Help

heating efficiency marylandThese days, every family needs to stretch their dollars a little further than usual. Between supply chain-related shortages and price increases, Southern Maryland families are looking for savings wherever they can find them.

At Q-Dog, we understand the worries of homeowners in our region, and we don’t want wintertime heating bills to add to that stress.

So, while we can’t help you with that long-delayed car part or bring down the price of milk, we have experience helping customers save money on their energy bills. Here are three tips that can make a real dent in your monthly oil and gas usage.

Add Insulation and Weather Stripping

You can have a perfectly efficient HVAC system, but you will still spend more on energy bills if heat is escaping your house. When there are air leaks in your home, your furnace or boiler needs to cycle more often. As a result, you use more fuel.

A good starting point to plug these leaks is to apply weather stripping. Check windows and doorframes for drafts and add weather stripping where you feel cold air.

It’s also a good idea to inspect potentially-uninsulated areas where heat commonly escapes. These include:

  • attics
  • floors
  • crawl spaces
  • unfinished basements

Just because you live in a new home does not mean that it can’t use extra insulation. Be sure to add insulation with a high R-value (the measurement for heat flow reduction). According to the United States Department of Energy, insulating your home effectively can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Looking for a simple, set-it-and-forget-it way to save serious money on heating?

On average, homeowners can save 10% on heating costs by dropping the temperature in their homes only 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule these temperature reductions once. The only time you’ll need to think about them again is when you open your energy bill and see the money you’ve saved!

Get Your Heating System a Tune-up

It’s wise to have your heating system’s equipment serviced by a qualified HVAC professional each year. A professional tune-up may save you money since well-functioning furnaces and boilers use less fuel. Plus, when your service technician catches a minor issue with your system, that prevents it from becoming a pricy repair down the line.

Need one more reason to schedule a tune-up? Most appliance warranties require you to arrange annual service to maintain coverage. If you skip service, you could be on the hook for the total cost of repairs later.

Since 1945, Q-Dog has helped homeowners throughout Southern Maryland heat their homes with propane and fuel oil. If you’re looking for a committed, dependable home energy partner, contact us today!

Why Are My Home Fuel Prices Rising?

fuel costs marylandIt will not surprise many people that fuel prices are on the rise. In fact, as of October 2021, gas prices hit the highest price point we’ve seen since 2014, as reported by the US Energy Information Administration. This surge is due partially to huge ups and downs when it comes to supply and demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While prices are certainly constantly fluctuating, there is no question that they are high, which leaves many people wondering how they can save on costs despite the current situation we’re facing.

Q-Dog is happy to share that our customers have ample opportunities to save on fuel bills in all sorts of ways.

How To Save On Home Heating Costs

  • Simply just paying for your fuel oil or propane with a credit card can save you money at Q-Dog. All you need to do is sign up for autopay and you’ll end up saving 5 cents per gallon on your orders.
  • Q-Dog is proud to offer automatic fuel and propane deliveries, a service that monitors and tracks how much propane you use and schedules refill deliveries accordingly so that you don’t have to worry about your supply. When you sign up for automatic deliveries you’ll save 25 cents per gallon on your first refill. Following your first refill, you’ll get 5 cents per gallon off on all future deliveries.
  • Our autopay option via electronic funds transfer allows you to save 5 cents per gallon off your entire fuel order.
  • Our customer referral rewards program gives you a discount of 10 cents per gallon on all fuel purchased for one full year. Plus there is no limit to the number of referral rewards you’re allowed to receive.

Maryland Energy Assistance Program

Q-Dog cares deeply about keeping you, your family and our Maryland community warm and comfortable each and every winter season. This is why we are happy to recommend the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) to anyone who may need extra assistance paying for their bills and fuel deliveries now that fuel prices are on the rise.

Known nationally as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), MEAP is a federally funded program that offers low-income households in the Maryland area assistance with paying their home energy bills. Eligibility is based on your household income before taxes. Maryland residents can apply with this application.

Order Fuel with Q-Dog

Thanks to the long-standing connections we have with distributors, Q-Dog is able to offer some of the lowest heating oil prices in the Maryland area. We also offer reliable and professional services.

Contact us today to learn more!