COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 5, 2008) – With temperatures forecast to be in the 90s or higher for the next several days, air conditioning systems are working overtime. SCE&G is prepared to meet the demand, but wants to remind customers there are ways to stay cool while managing energy costs.
- Use fans to keep rooms comfortable. Remember, for the most cost-effective use, turn off fans when you leave a room.
- Keep curtains and shades closed during daylight hours. This will help reduce the heat that enters your home.
- Check weatherstripping on doors and windows. If you can see daylight under a closed door, you need to replace your weatherstripping.
- If you can, keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees. This is the optimal setting during the summer months.
- For more tips, visit www.sceg.com and look for the Home Energy Efficiency link at the bottom of the page.
Additionally, customers wishing to reduce the peaks in summer energy bills may want to consider SCE&G’s Easy Payment Plan (EPP). While EPP does not lower energy bills, it does provide consistency by allowing customers to spread their annual energy consumption evenly over a 12 month period. At the end of the year, any difference between payment and actual usage is calculated and then credited to or debited from the customer’s account. Call 1-800-251-7234 to sign up or visit www.sceg.com to register through an existing online account.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 643,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 305,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.