Cayce, S.C. (Dec. 18, 2017) – For many customers, a happy and memorable holiday season includes decorating their homes with festive lights, garlands, wreaths and bows. Regardless of the kind of lights and decorations customers choose to use, SCE&G offers some tips for staying safe and saving energy this season.
“Nothing seems to say ‘holiday season’ more than homes draped in strings of holiday lights,” said Bill Turner, vice president of electric operations for SCE&G. “As you place these decorations around your home, it is very important to make safety your highest priority.” Turner suggests examining lights and other decorative electrical equipment to ensure there are no bare wires, broken bulbs, or loose connections.
With all of the additional lighting and decorations that require electricity, it is important that customers be energy efficient.
“One of the best things customers can do to manage their energy consumption is to set holiday lights on a timer,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for SCE&G. “Many times customers keep their holiday lights on throughout the night, which can be costly. A timer can help customers properly manage their energy consumption.”
Follow SCE&G’s five simple tips for holiday lighting safety and energy saving:
- Plan your layout: Arrange your decorations so that no outlet is overloaded and no cords will be pinched by furniture or positioned under rugs.
- Read the labels: Be sure to check each product label or packaging to see whether the lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure lights have a tag indicating they have been evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.
- Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (GFCI): Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by GFCIs. How do you know if it’s a GFCI? Look for the “test” and “reset” buttons. If circuits are not GFCI-protected, portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased.
- Buy LED lights: Replace your old, inefficient twinkle light strands with bright LED lights, which use about 70 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last about 10 times longer. Look for rebates and seasonal coupons on energy-efficient lights at your local hardware and department stores.
- Get reflective: Shiny ornaments, tinsel and mirrors can multiply the effects of your lighting without using more energy.
For more energy saving tips, visit www.sceg.com/energytips. Additional holiday safety tips may be found on the Electrical Safety Foundation International website, www.esfi.org.
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.