Cayce, S.C. (June 19, 2018) – With temperatures forecast to hit the 100-degree mark this week in some parts of the state, SCE&G offers customers helpful energy efficiency tips and reminds them to use the My Energy Use tool, available through their online accounts.
“Now is a good time to focus on making your home more energy efficient,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for SCE&G. “Our free Home Energy Check-up is a great first step to prepare for the summer heat. SCE&G energy experts walk with you through your home, visually inspect items that impact your energy consumption and give you suggestions to help you save money. Customers should also log in to their My Energy Use tool to review their daily average energy cost, compare their usage from month to month and learn how weather affects their bills.”
Get started now with these tips:
- Take charge of your thermostat. Set your thermostat at or above 78 degrees. That might be a little warm for summer days in South Carolina, but remember, each degree lower can significantly increase your cooling costs. Also, install a smart or programmable thermostat so you can automatically raise or lower the temperature settings when you’re asleep or away from home. Finally, make sure your ceiling fan is blowing air downward. Raising the thermostat by 2 degrees and using your fan can lower air conditioning costs by up to 14 percent.
- Give your HVAC system lots of attention. Check your heating and air conditioning filters monthly and change them when they’re dirty. To ensure your HVAC system is at optimum efficiency, have it serviced annually by a professional. You should also check ductwork for leaks or tears and repair fallen or crushed ductwork to seal leaks.
- Keep your house tight. Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks, openings and especially exterior doors and windows to protect your home from drafts. Also, upgrading your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches) can help you save on summer cooling costs as well as winter heating costs.
SCE&G also encourages residential electric customers to take advantage of various programs to help save energy and money:
- Install a new Energy Star-qualified central air conditioner and heat pump in your home and receive up to $500 in rebates. Residential electric customers can also receive rebates up to $300 for eligible improvements to existing heating and cooling ductwork systems.
- Get rid of old, secondary refrigerators and freezers through SCE&G’s Appliance Recycling Program. You could receive $50 cash back when you recycle full-size refrigerators or freezers. Pickup is free, and you can save up to $150 annually on your electric bill.
- Replace old incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star LED bulbs through SCE&G’s ‘5 for $5’ offer, available in the company’s online store. Energy Star LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs and produce 70-90 percent less heat.
For more information about these programs and others, visit www.sceg.com/energywise.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 723,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 371,000 customers throughout the state.