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Giving thanks and giving back

November 25, 2015   By Willard Strong in Community
Santee Cooper - United Way Day of Caring
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings we have and the yuletide season also gives us the opportunity to reach out and help others.

At the risk of sounding like horn-tooting, the recently concluded fundraising effort for Trident United Way showed the generosity of Santee Cooper employees in the Moncks Corner area who again stepped up to make this year a record-setting effort, and contributing to make the Lowcountry a better place to live.

Our employees also contribute to United Way campaigns in Horry County, where we serve the municipalities of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach and Loris. Anderson County, where we have a generating station, also has our employees as part of their campaign.

The barrel of worthy causes will never be empty, of course, and one particular charitable organization cannot be everything to everybody. It is amazing to me the level of participation our employees exhibit year i... Continue Reading >>

Celebrate The Season With Us

November 18, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

If you've recently been by our corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner, chances are you've seen some of Santa's helpers getting things ready for Celebrate The Season , which returns for its fifth year to once again bring families and the community together this holiday season. Thousands of enchanting lights, and weekend Holiday Fairs are just some of the delights awaiting visitors beginning Friday, Nov. 27 .

Celebrate The Season features a nightly Holiday Lights Driving Tour with spectacular light displays along a quaint route that begins at our headquarters and winds through the adjacent Old Santee Canal Park. The month-long event is fully powered with Green Power from Santee Cooper and exclusively uses energy-efficient LEDs. Admission is $5 per vehicle, and visitors can make repeat trips through the display route on the night they attend for the price of one nightly admission.

Celebrate The Season's Holiday Lights Driving Tour is open daily except for ... Continue Reading >>

Of Birds, Interns, GOFERs and Landfills: the Fall 2015 issue of PowerSource magazine

November 11, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Environmental Stewardship

Photo by Jim Huff

The fall PowerSource has become our environmentally themed issue where shine a light on the people and programs helping to advance our ambition to be good stewards of the environment.

One of the bedrocks of our environmental outreach has been the Environmental Intern Program , which celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer. More than 250 South Carolina undergraduates have participated in this unique summer internship, which exposes them to the challenges and opportunities that come with providing affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible power across South Carolina.

Also celebrating 25 years is Santee Cooper's Give Oil for Energy Recovery (or GOFER) program. In that time, GOFER has collected 30 million gallons of used oil and safely converted it to enough Santee Cooper electricity to power every average-sized home in South Carolina for 10 days.

Santee Cooper recently celebrated yet another environmental milestone when i... Continue Reading >>

Expose Energy Vampires to the Light of Day

November 04, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use

If left plugged in, chargers for gadgets like smartphones and tablets can still nibble away at your power bill even when they aren't in use.

Halloween might be over, but you still need to be on the lookout for those pesky little energy vampires that are lurking in your home.

You won't find them dressed in black cloaks or sporting a pair of fangs, but they will be disguised as everyday items that suck the electricity from your home while running up your electric bill. It's something electric utilities call "phantom power" or " standby power ."

Consider your mobile phone charger; most of us have a few plugged in at home whether or not we're charging our devices. Believe it or not, these kinds of gadgets are still consuming tiny amounts of electricity when they're not in use, and it can add up across an entire household. Other electronics like cable boxes, digital video recorders, game consoles and stereos will also take a bite out of your bill — sometimes as much as 10 percent or more — even when they're in standby mode.

If you are like me and despise paying for someth... Continue Reading >>

Light Up the Night

October 28, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Customer Care
The streets in your neighborhood may be filled this Saturday night with trick-or-treaters wearing scary, funny and creative costumes. Halloween is actually one of my favorite holidays. I am not sure why; perhaps I still love to play dress up. It seems like many neighborhoods see fewer and fewer costumed kids participating in the trick or treat ritual, but my neighborhood still sees cars full of them and their parents lined up for miles.

I think one reason my neighborhood is such a Halloween favorite is because parents feel it's a safe place to bring their kids. The biggest factor, I believe, is lighting. Not only do we have Santee Cooper rental lights on our street, but homeowners also have additional outdoor lighting on their property.

A well-lit property is often suggested as a way to help keep it secure. It can also add character to your home or community. Santee Cooper can help you light the night and create an attractive and inviting atmosphere that... Continue Reading >>

Tune up as the leaves fall

October 21, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use

Autumn is the perfect time to tune up your heat pump. 

I love fall. I love the blazing colors of leaves against blue skies. I love that it’s chilly in the morning, warm and inviting during the day, and back to chilly in the evening. I love the smell of campfires. I also love that my electric bill usually begins to fall.

Watching your bill shrink from the higher payments of summer – especially during a hot summer when using your air conditioning 24/7 – shouldn’t make you lazy about saving energy, though.

One of the first things you should put on your energy saving list is to have your heat pump tuned up. If you’re like me, you had your air conditioning pumping out cool air for the past 4 to 5 months. Now is the time, before the first frost, to make sure it will get you through the winter. Plus, a heat pump that is running efficiently will save you money on your electric bill.

Santee Cooper works with a number of Trade Allies in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horr... Continue Reading >>