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"Switch" Illuminates the CO-OP Difference

Article was added on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Santee Electric Cooperative will soon begin sending each of its residential members two compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The energy efficient bulbs use a fraction of the electricity required by a standard, incandescent bulb to emit the same amount of light.

The CFL effort is a statewide initiative by Santee Electric Cooperative and 19 other independent, consumer-owned cooperatives in South Carolina to distribute seven million CFLs to co-op members over 10 years. Called "Do the Light Switch," the project is part of a larger effort by the co-ops to help members use energy efficiently and, in doing so, protect the environment.

The CFL giveaway follows cooperative-commissioned studies of the best options in renewable resources and energy efficiency. The study shows that promoting the use of CFLs is the most effective, quickest way to benefit the environment and hold down members' power costs. It helps offset the need for future power generation, if enough CFLs replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs.

"Do the Light Switch," which is believed to be the largest single project to distribute CFLs by co-ops in the U.S., illustrates the cooperative difference. Co-ops are committed to improving the quality of life for all they serve, which extends to preserving precious natural resources. "Do the Light Switch" illuminates our commitment to energy conservation.

The co-op practices what it preaches about energy efficiency. We have always invested in advanced technology and training to keep our electric distribution system in tip-top shape. For instance, we use energy-efficient transformers and other equipment to enable our distribution system to provide the most continuous service possible at the lowest cost in keeping with sound financial and environmental practices. Our engineers, line crews and other employees focus on efficiency every day.

Members may not realize some of the efficiencies we've gained, but they see the results on their power bills. For example, the co-op takes a variety of steps to reduce line losses, or electric energy lost in the process of transmitting it over power lines. That reduces costs.

Please do your part. By investing in CFLs and energy-efficient appliances -- and, most importantly, by using electricity wisely -- our members can help hold down power costs while helping preserve natural resources. Together, we have the power to make a difference.

Click on the banner below to visit the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina "Do the Light Switch" page.

Do the Light Switch

Floyd L. Keels
President and CEO

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