Reduce The Use programs save customers more than $250 million since 2008
209 gigawatt-hour goal reached two years early
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – As of 2018, Santee Cooper energy-efficiency programs are saving customers 209 gigawatt hours a year, an energy savings goal the utility reached two years ahead of its 2020 target. Even better, these programs have saved customers more than $250 million since their launch in 2008.
Santee Cooper’s Reduce The Use programs have helped more than 73,000 of its 185,000 residential and commercial direct-service customers save energy and money. The 2018 annual energy savings is enough to power the needs of more than 16,500 average residential customers.
Through Reduce The Use, Santee Cooper offers customers rebates for a variety of energy efficiency improvements, from smart thermostats for their homes to lighting controls for their businesses. It also offers the Smart Energy Loan program, a low-interest loan that helps residential customers make upgrades such as high-efficiency electric heat pumps, duct replacements and heat pump water heaters.
“Santee Cooper’s ability to achieve our 2020 goal in 2018 shows the strength of the energy efficiency programs we have developed over the years,” said Jim Brogdon, interim president and CEO. “Our conservation and energy efficiency team has worked hard to promote these programs with our customers, with significant results in energy and cost savings.”
When it was introduced, Reduce The Use was a first-of-its-kind energy efficiency approach in South Carolina. Santee Cooper has been the state’s leader in both energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, providing renewable Green Power to meet customer needs since 2001.
Santee Cooper will continue helping customers Reduce The Use for the next two years, while also establishing a new 2030 plan with additional energy-efficiency and beneficial-electrification programs.