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Santee Cooper offers energy conservation tips


MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — With temperatures predicted to be in the low teens and wind chills in the single digits tonight and tomorrow morning, Santee Cooper is projecting record electricity demand and asking customers to conserve energy where possible, especially from 5-9 a.m., when energy use is at its highest level.

"We're fortunate in that this critically cold period will only last a couple of days. The focus is on those early-morning hours when you're getting up and ready for work or school," said Marc Tye, Santee Cooper's senior vice president of customer service. "I'd like to thank everyone in advance for small changes in energy uses that will make a big impact now and an even bigger impact if you continue to practice them going forward."

There are many simple ways customers can reduce energy use, including:

• Setting thermostats at 68 degrees or cooler

• Limiting use of major power-consuming appliances, like dishwashers and clothing washers and dryers, from 5-9 a.m.

• Unplugging nonessential appliances and devices

• Turning off internal and external lights

• Using less hot water by taking shorter showers

• Using a microwave instead of the stovetop or oven

Customers can find more energy-saving tips at Customers also can get energy-saving tips and up-to-date information on Santee Cooper's Facebook and Twitter pages. Customers who experience power outages should report them online at or by calling 1-888-769-7688.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit