CAYCE, S.C., (Aug. 11, 2010) – The school year may be right around the corner, but the summer heat wave continues to have a hold on the South. Heating and cooling accounts for 45 to 50 percent of a consumer’s annual energy bill so making small changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy. SCE&G offers several resources at your fingertips at www.sceg.com/myenergy to keep cool while saving money during the summer:
- Take a home energy audit. Our energy audit tool makes it easy to improve your home’s energy efficiency. See how much energy your home appliances use, and learn what measures you can take to enhance efficiency.
- Analyze your energy usage and costs on a monthly basis. Review your average usage, typical energy costs and factors that may affect your bill. Our Energy Analyzer allows you to review consumption history, temperature impact and typical energy costs.
- Learn how to weatherize your home. Our helpful video clips offer useful information on everything from proper insulation to managing your thermostat.
- Get interactive with our EnergyWise® blog, a place to gain insights into energy efficiency and have your specific questions answered by our Energy Team.
- Sign up for an in-home energy consultation. This free feature is designed for residential customers who want to be proactive in managing their energy consumption.
- Register to have energy saving tips sent directly to you via e-mail.
- Learn how to save money by installing natural gas appliances. Everyone enjoys a hot shower, even in summer, and you can receive a $300 bill credit by switching to a natural gas water heater through our incentive programs.
When you need special assistance, SCE&G is ready to help. We offer a variety of programs designed to accommodate the unique needs of our diverse range of customers. One such feature is SCE&G's third-party notification program. It allows customers to provide the name and address of another individual — a family member, friend or neighbor — who can be notified by mail, along with the customer, when an account becomes delinquent.
Third party notification is particularly beneficial to people with elderly parents who are SCE&G customers, or the parents of college students who are taking on bill-paying responsibilities for the first time. It's a helpful mechanism for making sure someone is aware of their situation if a bill is past due and service is scheduled to be shut off, especially during extreme weather conditions.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 660,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 310,000 customers in 38 counties in the state. Customers are encouraged to call customer service at 1-800-251-7234 for questions about their bill or the company.