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When convenience is costly


April 29, 2015   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use
Santee Cooper routinely communicates to customers how to use electricity more efficiently.

There are so many ways to conserve energy, from buying energy-efficient appliances to installing CFL or LED light bulbs, or by simply telling your kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room.

Then there are the more subtle ways that may require you to drill down a little deeper to realize savings. For example, unplugging electronic devices when not in regular use is an effective way to attack "phantom power" robbers — things that are in "stand-by" mode but still use electricity. Usage can add up over the year, costing you in the pocketbook.

One example I've run across is the now widespread popularity of single-serve coffee or hot-beverage makers. They're all the rage, but as is the case with many things in modern life, convenience comes with a price that may be a lot more than you think.

The single server is like the... Continue Reading >>

A comfortable home may need an ally


March 25, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use
Spring has finally arrived! While I love the idea that summer is just around the corner, I cannot seem to get comfortable. Are you like me and having trouble figuring out what to wear? The mornings and evenings still say sweater or even coat, yet there have been days lately when I have reached for my car's air conditioner.

Our wardrobe may be creating hot and cold issues for us, but did you know this can also be a time when your HVAC system struggles to keep you comfortable?  This can become a serious problem if you have neglected it over the winter.

 Proper maintenance can help keep your system running smoothly so you stay comfortable, no matter the season. Comfort aside, if your system is not running optimally, it can also cost you a pretty penny. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%.

As you check off your spring cleaning duties this... Continue Reading >>

A chilling reminder


February 18, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use
On Groundhog Day , which weather predictor do you tend to go with: Punxsutawney Phil or General Beauregard Lee ? During the first week of February it seemed the woodchuck weatherman from Atlanta had nailed it when he did not see his shadow and called for an early spring. However, this week has been a totally different story and has me thinking Phil from Pennsylvania may have been on to something when he called for six more weeks of winter. It has not only been cold but also windy and even a little icy in places.

To this South Carolina born and bred girl, it has felt very much like winter is settling in for a spell.

It may be cold outside, but I do not let the chill follow me inside. In fact, one of the first things I do when I get home in the evening is put on my favorite sweats and fuzzy socks. It's amazing not only how comfortable I am, but how warm and toasty the socks and sweatshirt make me feel. At Santee Cooper we offer many tips like this to... Continue Reading >>

Saying "see ya later" to incandescent bulbs


February 11, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use
We like to talk around here about the ways we can help customers save energy, and ultimately money, on their monthly electric bills. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do that is by changing the way you think about lighting.

Switching to energy-efficient lighting like CFLs and LEDs is an extremely easy and effective way to save energy. It's time to say "sayonara," "see ya later" and "so long" to those incandescent bulbs. 

I admit I've been reluctant to let go of my old-school incandescents. There's something comforting about them, probably because that's what I've traditionally had in my house from the time I was a child until the not so distant past. Really, though, there's no good reason to hold on to those energy-hungry bulbs when there are so many better options.

For the residential customers in city of Georgetown, we're making it even easier to let go of your traditional light bulbs. Santee Cooper and Georgetown's Electric... Continue Reading >>

It’s Time for a Check-Up!


January 22, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use
I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that January 2015 is almost over.  Spring is a month closer, which is a good thing; however, the list of resolutions I spent days crafting at the beginning of the month is still just a list of awesome ideas on a little piece of paper. 

My health is important to me and even though I haven’t made much headway with my resolution list, I have made it a priority to schedule all of my dreaded yearly medical check-ups this week.  How will I know where I need to get if I don’t know where I am? 

Just as we use medical check-ups to assess our physical and mental status, our homes need check-ups, too.  Efficiency check-ups are a great way to see if our homes are in need of any improvements. 

The first step in addressing our homes’ efficiency and comfort levels is to take an online energy check-up.  This check-up is free and easy and can... Continue Reading >>