"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
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
Click on the banner below to visit the Electric Cooperatives of
South Carolina "Do the Light Switch" page.
Floyd L. Keels
President and CEO
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