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Do the Easy Thing


January 31, 2018   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care

Santee Cooper offers customers many ways to pay.

When’s the last time you walked into your utility to pay your electric bill?

For me, it’s probably been at least 10 years. My local retail office is across town and can be difficult to get to at times.

Honestly, I’m just busy and taking the time to drive even a few miles out of my way isn’t a smart option for me. I’ve made telephone payments, used auto draft and snail mail, but paying online has always been so much more convenient. However, this option doesn’t work for everyone.

Knowing each customer is different and has individual needs, Santee Cooper is constantly searching for ways to add more convenient payment options. Working with businesses in the communities we serve and creating a payment partnership beneficial to everyone, especially our customers, is the right thing to do.

Did you know that every branch of Anderson Brothers Bank in Horry and Georgetown counties will gladly accept... Continue Reading >>

Five Reasons You Won’t Quit This New Year’s Resolution


January 24, 2018   By Carrah Lingo, Public Relations Contractor in Reduce The Use

Set your ceiling fan to turn clockwise in the winter to pull cool air up and disperse the naturally rising warm air.

Happy 2018!

New Year’s resolution season is here. As the new year begins, the opportunity to “clear the slate” and start anew presents itself. We’re excited, we’re pumped, we’re motivated! We’re going to hit the gym regularly and meal prep every Sunday.

One resolution you’ll be more likely to keep? Using energy more efficiently in your home. Here are five reasons this resolution is easy to keep:

Saving $$$ South Carolina is having a colder winter this year, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Turning the heat up puts you in danger of your heat pump’s auxiliary heat kicking on, causing your monthly bill to skyrocket. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, and use your ceiling fan to your advantage. Setting your ceiling fan to turn clockwise to pull cool air up and disperses warm air, which naturally rises. Make sure your heating system isn’t working harder than it needs... Continue Reading >>

Solar power moving forward at Santee Cooper, but the traditional grid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon


January 17, 2018   By Willard Strong in Green Energy

Santee Cooper’s Green Power Solar Pavilions at Coastal Carolina University in Conway entered commercial operation in July 2006 and are capable of producing 16 kilowatts of electricity.

Santee Cooper first introduced solar power and wind power to the state’s electric grid, and was a key player in South Carolina’s first community solar farm.

We have worked with our electric cooperative partners to introduce solar schools statewide, teaching the next generation of customers the possibilities and limitations of generating electricity from the sun.

The future is bright (OK, pun intended), but a story in the Jan. 16 edition of The Wall Street Journal caught my eyed. Its Headline: “Obstacles Still Cloud Solar Power’s Future.”

In the article, writer Christopher Mims stated that solar power has real-world shortcomings that must be overcome before it can advance at a brisker pace. He states, for example, “For solar power to meet 30 percent of the world’s electricity needs, it will need to fall from its current cost of a dollar per watt of electricity to 25 cents per watt, says Varun Sivaram,... Continue Reading >>

The Chill from Winter Storm Grayson could scorch your wallet


January 10, 2018   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use

Moncks Corner’s Unity Park, located on Main Street, was a winter wonderland in the aftermath of Winter Storm Grayson that dumped 6.5 inches of snow on the town served by Santee Cooper. Overnight temperatures in the teens for several days after the storm that stressed heat pumps will surely result in higher than normal electric bills.

It has been cold!

In fact, South Carolina has seen record setting bitter cold with snow and ice to boot.  Whether you love or hate this kind of weather, one thing is almost certain: If you heat your home with a heat pump, you will see an increase in your electricity bill.

You may say, “But I did not raise my thermostat” or “I was not even home most of the time,” but the real problem is that most people don’t understand exactly how a heat pump works. I used to be one of those people. I just thought if I want to be warmer, I will turn up the thermostat and if I want to be cooler, I will turn it down.

Treating your need to be hot or cold this way may not make a huge difference until you go seven or eight days straight with temperatures below 40 degrees. Myrtle Beach, along with many other areas, went from Jan.1 to Jan.7 with high temperatures around or below 40 degrees and many night time temperatures falling... Continue Reading >>

Another Advent: An Optimistic View of Our Energy Future


December 20, 2017   By Elizabeth Kress in Energy Matters

The Colleton Solar Farm near Walterboro is part of Santee Cooper’s power-source diversity.

Energy policy, as with most aspects of government policy, swings like a pendulum between the extremes.

When science and commerce compete for a voice, many times the money of commerce speaks louder than the individuals who understand the science. Fortunately, even at a time when it may seem we are moving in the wrong direction, there is progress that takes us to new possibilities.

We are at the beginning of some exciting changes in energy use. These are new energy transformations in all senses of the word: energy from the sun and the wind transformed into electricity, and again transformed into stored energy. These new capabilities to store energy will help reduce inefficiencies in how our energy is made, moved and used.

We pay a huge price for being inefficient with our energy. To give you an idea of the extent of the energy wasted, Lawrence Livermore Labs produced a summary chart showing a balance of how all the U.S. Energy was produced,... Continue Reading >>

GOFER in 2017: 1 million gallons of used oil and counting


December 13, 2017   By Susan Jackson in Environmental Stewardship

Step right up with used motor oil for proper disposal. Beginning in 1991, this was Santee Cooper’s first used oil collection facility, located in Moncks Corner on Rembert Dennis Boulevard just north of the entrance to the utility’s corporate headquarters at 1 Riverwood Drive.

The Santee Cooper Give Oil for Energy Recovery (GOFER) program accepts used motor oil from do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changers.

Besides DIYers, the GOFER program accepts oil from commercial and industrial customers. These collections are made statewide and not solely for Santee Cooper power or water customers.   The mission of the program is to provide cost-effective used oil recycling options. This significantly reduces the chance of polluting our soil, ditches and waterways with used oil.

The GOFER program was initiated in 1990 as an Earth Day pollution-prevention program in Berkeley and Georgetown counties. The GOFER program began in earnest in 1991 with one truck---and it has grown to four vacuum trucks with four drivers.

In 2016, 1.3 million gallons of used oil were collected and either recycled or burned as fuel at Santee Cooper’s Winyah Generating Station near Georgetown. In 2017, the program has already collected and... Continue Reading >>