Cayce, S.C. (Nov. 29, 2017) – Don’t let moments of unseasonably warm weather fool you. Winter is coming.
In observance of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, SCE&G suggests five tips to help customers prepare for cooler weather:
- Install a smart thermostat for added convenience. This will allow you to automatically raise or lower the temperature setting when you’re asleep or away from home with your smart phone. Make sure the thermostat is compatible with your HVAC system and gradually lower the temperature to 68 degrees.
- Check air filters monthly and change when dirty. Leave interior doors open and don’t close vents to allow adequate air flow through your HVAC system.
- Check your ductwork periodically for leaks and tears. Repair fallen or crushed ductwork and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.
- Get your central heating and cooling system serviced annually by a professional. This can extend the life of the system while maintaining optimum efficiency.
- Caulk, seal and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors and check attic insulation to ensure it is a minimum of R-38 or 12-14 inches.
“It’s important that customers know the facts instead of the myths about their thermostats,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for SCE&G. “One common myth is that it takes more energy to warm your home to a comfortable temperature after your thermostat has been set at a lower temperature while you were away. The truth is you can save a lot of energy by setting your thermostat to energy-saving temperatures during the day when no one is home or at night before you go to sleep. It’s more efficient than letting your unit run to maintain a comfortable warmer temperature.”
Customers are urged to sign up for a Home Energy Check-up to receive more no-cost/low-cost ways to save on their energy usage and to be more energy efficient while preparing for the winter months.
For more tips on how to save energy, visit www.sceg.com/energytips. To schedule a Home Energy Check-up visit www.sceg.com/checkup or call 1-877-510-7234.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 717,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 362,000 customers in 35 counties in the state.