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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 Horry counties who can help you out with that heat pump tune up. Santee Cooper Trade Allies are licensed and insured and are experts in their fields. Trade Allies also are versed in Santee Cooper’s Reduce The Use programs, and they’ll be extra helpful in explaining Reduce The Use rebates to you if, down the line, you need to get a new heat pump.

Here are some other fall energy saving tips to consider:

As the days get shorter and darker, remember to turn off porch lights and spot lights or put them on a timer.

  • Change your incandescent light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.
  • Cook some meals, or even just side dishes, in the microwave instead of on the stovetop or in the oven.
  • Clean the clothes dryer’s lint after every load.
  • Take advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping blinds and curtains open during the day.

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Happy fall y’all!