Cold Weather Tips

As the outdoor temperatures drop, your electric heat pump needs help to produce enough heat to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. As a result, your heat pump activates the heat strips (also known as auxiliary heat), which can cost up to 3 times more to operate.

If you have a heat pump and are away from home during the day, lower your thermostat several degrees from the recommended 68 degrees. When you return home, raise the thermostat one degree at a time until the desired setting is reached in order to avoid the heat strips from activating.

For more helpful energy saving tips, visit sceg.com/energywise.

Comparing the First 17 Days of January
2010 2011
# Days under 32 degrees 15 13
# Days 68 degrees or above 0 2

 

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