Propane in Maryland (MD)

When considering that people in Maryland (MD) spend $561 on propane each year, choosing the right propane company becomes particularly relevant. Here is some information on propane in Maryland that you might find useful in your search for the best propane deal. Keep in mind that the figures are averages and that the best way to get accurate data for your usage is to compare quotes. Still, the following should help.

Propane usage and spending around Maryland (MD)

Like several Mid-Atlantic states, Maryland inhabitants use little propane compared to their electricity usage (Maryland average natural gas usage per household is just below national average). People in Maryland (MD) use 231 gallons of propane per year on average, less than half the national average (US Energy Information Administration 2009 figures). Propane in Maryland is relatively expensive, however: based on the same data, the inhabitants of Maryland (MD) averaged $2.42 per gallon (2009) while the national average was $2.10, so quite a lot less. The difference is even more important now, with people in Maryland paying $3.138 per gallon over the last winter season when the national average was $2.436 per gallon.

 

Maryland (MD)

US

Average propane price (2012-2013 winter season)

$3.138

$2.436

Propane usage per household (gallons)

231

464

Propane spending per household (dollars)

561

973

Propane spending per household on heating (dollars)

494

957

Electricity usage per household (kWh)

14,100

11,320

Electricity spending per household (dollars)

1,666

1,340

Electricity spending per household on heating (dollars)

356

222

Natural gas usage per household (thousand cubic feet)

63

66

Natural gas spending per household (dollars)

904

804

Natural gas spending per household on heating (dollars)

740

607

Average energy spending per household (dollars)

2,313

2,024

Average energy spending per household on heating (dollars)

713

N/A

Propane and energy statistics, 2009 figures / Source: US Energy Information Administration

Propane price and trends in Maryland (MD)

The price of propane in Maryland (MD) is substantially higher than the national average, as we have seen. Propane in Maryland is also considerably more expensive than in other states. Most Mid-Atlantic states show expensive propane prices - all the more reason to shop around before signing a propane supply agreement for your Maryland home. The graph below illustrates propane price trends for Maryland (MD). Perhaps, it will not be exactly the same as yours; still, use it, when calling propane companies, to check that their propane price trends reflect the state propane price trends - anything else would be odd.

Maryland (MD) propane companies

Besides Amerigas, Suburban Propane and Ferrellgas, all of which have outlets in Maryland (MD), United Propane, ThompsonGas, Southern States are some of the large US propane companies that operate and are present in the Old Line State. There is no shortage of propane companies in Maryland, and your research should not exclude smaller, more local, propane companies and cooperatives.

Having said this, a wide choice does not mean your research should not be extensive. Remember: propane prices in Maryland (MD) vary significantly according to usage and location. Start by making a list of the services you require from and expectations you have of a propane company. This list will enable you to request detailed quotes, and, consequently, when you compare them, find out which Maryland propane company is the one that best corresponds to your needs and your home.

The Maryland (MD) propane industry and regulations

Like many other Mid-Atlantic states, the Maryland (MD) propane industry finds its lobby in the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia (VA), the MAPGA is responsible for communications, outreach, training, networking, and many other activities for its members. For consumers, what is important is the safety guarantee that being a member of the MAPGA represents: propane companies in Maryland (MD) who are members can benefit from high-standard safety training, including the Certified Employee Training Program. In terms of regulations, propane company activities fall under the Maryland Code, Title 20, Subtitle 56, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Systems.