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SCE&G Urges Customers to Reduce Energy Usage

Cayce, S.C. (Jan. 2, 2018) – SCE&G is urging customers to reduce their energy usage as extreme cold temperatures in the area put a strain on the company’s electricity system.

“We expect the demand for power to be extremely high over the next several days,” said Keller Kissam, President of SCE&G. “As a precautionary measure, we are asking customers to voluntarily reduce energy consumption, especially in the early morning hours (6 to 9 a.m.), to help ensure the continued reliable supply of electricity.”

Here are some tips on how residential and business customers can reduce demands on the electric system:

  • Turn off all but essential internal and external lights.
  • Unplug non-essential appliances and devices.
  • Set thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.
  • Ensure HVAC vents are open and unobstructed.
  • Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers.

Customers may always report power outages to SCE&G online at, through their mobile device at, or by calling 1-888-333-4465.

Customers may also visit to register their cell phones in advance to take advantage of convenient outage reporting via text (SMS). SCE&G also provides customers with the latest weather related and safety tips on Twitter at @scegnews and on Facebook at

About SCE&G

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.