SCE&G offers tips for holding down heating bills

Public Affairs,

Cayce, S.C. (Nov. 22, 2013) — Cold weather is on the way, which will put heating systems to work, but there are simple steps homeowners can take to help hold down heating costs.

  • Set the thermostat at 68°F. Each degree above 68° can significantly increase your heating bill.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature even further than 68° overnight or while no one is at home.
  • Caulk around windows and replace old weather stripping around doors to keep the cold air out.
  • Check air filters. Dirty air filters increase your energy usage and can also damage your heating system. Be sure to use filters approved for your specific system.
  • On sunny days, open curtains on your south-facing windows to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce any chill or drafts.
  • More tips on how to save energy and money are available at

Although winter is just weeks away, it’s never too late for SCE&G customers to enroll in the company’s budget billing program. This program can help customers avoid fluctuations in their bill, particularly weather-related ones. Here’s how it works:

  • Based on a home’s usage history, SCE&G will estimate bills for the next 12 months and spread that amount into 12 equal payments.
  • For more details on the Budget Billing program or to sign up, customers can call toll-free at 1-800-251-7234 or visit

SCE&G is always ready to help customers weather the effects of cold temperatures. Customers with any payment concerns are urged to make a call before their payment is due.

  • SCE&G customer service representatives can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing toll-free: 1-800-251-7234.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 675,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 325,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.

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