Fun and cold, two parts of winter
Article was added on Thursday, January 18, 2018
The fun part
The beginning of winter is pretty exciting! We technically mark
the first day of winter as December 21, but - to me - it's all
about when the cold arrives. So many wonderful things come with the
beginning of winter. I particularly think that first frost after
autumn is great. There's nothing quite like a crisp, bright, cold
morning with the sun reflecting off of every blade of grass and
I also love the beginning of winter because of the holidays, and
I particularly love Christmas lights. Whether you have a single
strand along your roof or an entire house and yard blazing like
Clark Griswold on Christmas Vacation, I love the spirit it shows.
Some folks like to do a small amount of elegant white lights, and
some like every color of the rainbow and a yard full of
inflatables. I love them all. When we were kids, my sister and I
loved to have a competition when taking a trip at night during the
Christmas season to see how many houses with Christmas lights we
could count on our side of the road. I passed that along to my kids
- with me helping my son count along the driver's side and my wife
helping my daughter count the passenger's side.
After Christmas, of course, we have New Year's parties and
resolutions. We have bowl games, a chance to prove which conference
is the best, and a new National Champion. The part I don't like
The cold part
The fun ends, and you realize it's just cold. They call it the
"dead of winter" for a reason. Everything is brown, the holidays
are over, your hands are chapped, and you cannot stand to go
outside. Days are short, darkness is long, and power bills are
getting too high.
Nothing adds insult to injury like piling a too-high power bill
on top of all of all that cold and darkness. Here's how you
can help. First, you can make sure your thermostat is set no higher
than 72 degrees in the winter (even lower is better). Second, you
need to make sure every gap, crack, and opening in your home is
sealed tightly - otherwise, you are throwing money out the window!
Third, you can help us keep your rates as low as possible by
participating in our Beat the Peak program. It's an effort to help
control energy costs for all co-op members. I'm asking you to visit
EnergySmartSC.org and sign up for alerts. You can get an email, a
text message or a phone call that tells you when the peak will be.
Postponing the use of major appliances during that time will help
Thanks for doing all you can. Hang in there and help me wish for
an early spring!
Robert G. Ardis III
President and Chief Executive Officer
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