Columbia, S.C. (Oct. 19, 2009) — October is Energy Awareness Month and the month in which cooler temperatures come our way. South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) would like to remind its customers of the many programs that are available to help them analyze and take control of their energy usage.
For both the In-Home Energy Consultation and the Value Visit, customers will be asked to complete and submit a one-page questionnaire about their home. An energy services representative will then contact the customer within one business day to schedule an appointment.
- Energy Analyzer. Energy use and costs can be analyzed on a monthly basis with the Energy Analyzer tool. Found online at sceg.com, customers can review their average usage, typical energy costs, consumption history, temperature impacts and other factors that may affect their monthly bill. Detailed charts are also available online to show how much energy is being used month-to-month.
- In-Home Energy Consultation. SCE&G’s free in-home energy consultation helps customers find ways to increase their home’s energy efficiency and decrease their energy use. A member of the SCE&G Energy Services Team will walk through the home and inspect windows and doors, caulking, weather stripping, insulation levels, appliances, water heaters, HVAC units and assess the home’s thermal efficiency. Specific recommendations for saving energy are then given to the homeowner. To request an in-home consultation, call SCE&G’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-251-7234. Requests can also be made online at sceg.com/en/save-energy-and-money/.
- Value Visit. Customers considering making larger improvements to their home’s thermal efficiency – such as upgrading insulation or installing storm windows – will benefit from a Value Visit. During the visit, an energy services representative verifies what (if any) Value Visit rebates the customer may qualify for. If the home was built before 1980, a Value Visit will be especially helpful. If recommended upgrades are made within 90 days of the Value Visit, the $25 service fee is refunded. Call Customer Service at 800-251-7234 to request a value visit.
- Project SHARE. SCE&G encourages customers and employees to make this winter warmer by contributing to Project SHARE, a financial assistance program provided through local community action agencies to help families in need. Since this program began in 1986, contributions of nearly $7 million dollars have helped more than 42,000 households. One hundred percent of this money will help customers in need. To contribute to Project SHARE, visit sceg.com to download a contribution form. Mail the completed form to SCE&G, 220 Operation Way, Cayce, S.C. 29033-3701 or drop it off at an SCE&G Customer Service office. To apply for Project Share assistance, call your local community action agency (visit www.oepp.sc.gov/oeo for contact information).
- Energy Saving Tips. Customers can find everyday energy saving tips and information – and join the EnergyWise conversation blog – on the SCE&G Web site at sceg.com/blog. Additionally, simple energy tips will also debut this month in area newspapers, magazines and on local radio stations.
Energy Awareness Month began in 1981 as American Energy Week, growing into the current one-month observance at the U.S. Department of Energy in 1986. President George Bush proclaimed October Energy Awareness Month in 1991.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility that provides natural gas service to approximately 309,000 customers in a service area of more than 23,000 square miles in South Carolina. The company also is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 652,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of the state.