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SCE&G Offers Tips for Managing Summer Energy Costs

web posted July 15, 2014

COUNTY – Summer weather is heating up, but staying cool doesn’t have to drive up energy costs. Homeowners can take some simple steps to manage their power bills this summer.

Set the thermostat at 78 or higher. It especially helps to raise it several degrees higher than your comfortable setting when you are away, especially for several days at a time.

Keep blinds and windows closed during the day to keep out radiant heat.
Use fans to help you feel cooler. Remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
If you have a gas water heater, turn it to “vacation mode” when away for several days.
Check air filters monthly; change when dirty or according to manufacturer guidelines.
Keep HVAC vents and interior doors open to keep air flowing freely to and from the unit.

Have central heating and cooling systems professionally serviced annually.
Set water heaters to 120°F and visually inspect them occasionally for leaks.
Unplug appliances, lights, TVs, computers, etc. when not in use.

Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Be sure to caulk and weather strip all exterior doors and windows to keep the conditioned air in your living space.

“During the summer and year-round we recommend that customers take advantage of SCE&G’s free Home Energy Check-up,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services  with SCE&G. “It’s a great way to identify the areas that customers are losing energy, and the best part is that it is specific to their home.”

Although summer has already arrived, it’s never too late for SCE&G customers to enroll in the company’s budget billing program. This program can help customers avoid fluctuations in their bill, particularly weather-related ones. Here’s how it works:
Based on a home’s usage history, SCE&G will estimate bills for the next 12 months and spread that amount into 12 equal payments.
For more details on the Budget Billing program or to sign up, customers can call toll-free at 1-800-251-7234 or visit www.sceg.com/budgetbilling.

SCE&G is always ready to help customers weather the effects of temperatures. Customers with any payment concerns are urged to make a call before their payment is due.

SCE&G customer service representatives can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing toll-free: 1-800-251-7234.

SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 681,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 332,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.

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