Members learn how to save on electric bills
Article was added on Friday, February 16, 2018
By ADREL S. LANGLEY
less electricity and being aware of when you use that electricity
benefits us all. That was the message about 50 Santee Electric
Cooperative (SEC) members got during a recent pilot program in the
cooperative's conference center.
is the most important thing I can do immediately to save
electricity," Rodney Ward asked.
your thermostat setting," Manager of Marketing, Jay Kirby replied.
During Kirby's talk he explained that "comfort comes at a cost."
With heating and cooling accounting for 40 to 60 percent of your
electric bill, the best way to save money is to set the thermostat
as close to the outside temperature as possible.
eight different families were put in the exact same house, they
would have eight different electric bills, Kirby said. The way you
use electricity and how your home is insulated determines your
need to get the big picture, know your kWh use" Kirby said. By
getting a printout of electric usage, members can determine what is
using the most electricity in their home.
easier when you know where you're spending the most money," he
major problems Kirby finds in many homes is poor insulation and
duct leakage. Duct work accounts for 95 percent of a central
heating and air unit. He finds about 20 to 30 double wide mobile
home with a cross over pipe that has fallen down every year. If
duct work is leaking, the warm or cool air people are paying for is
blowing underneath the house or in the attic.
the hour and a half long meeting, members were also introduced to
various programs the cooperative offers. Many of the attendees
signed up for the Beat The Peak program.
"This program will help all of us,"
President and CEO, Rob Ardis said. ""It is crucial
that we educate all members about the nature of power generation
and delivery. Our price signal needs to be adjusted by making our
charges reflect our costs. The more we (SEC employees and members)
are informed, the more we can help the system lower costs as a
team. I believe that 3-part rates (incorporating demand and
time-of-use) is something we will see in my
went on to explain that during recent colder than normal weather,
SEC's electric bill went up $2 million. He said a very bad
misconception is that electricity costs the same amount no matter
what time of day it is used. SEC doesn't make electricity, rather
it purchases electricity on its member's behalf. Half of SEC's
power bill is determined by the peak demand.
we could get all members to help delay using electricity during
peak, we could really make a difference," Ardis said.
The Peak program allows members to receive a phone call, text
message or email letting them know when the cooperative expects an
upcoming peak. During the winter, peaks occur during the morning
and during the summer they happen in the afternoon. By doing small
things like delaying using major appliances and adjusting
thermostats three degrees, everyone will save in the long run,
the meeting, members had a chance to view energy efficiency models
and see just how outside weather infiltrates homes. Members didn't
leave empty handed. They were given weatherization kits and LED
light bulbs for their own homes.
was a lot of good information," Tina Rouses of the Spring Gully
community said following the meeting.
McKnight said the fact that electricity costs different amounts at
different times was very interesting. She and many other attendees
said they would be happy to delay using electricity to save
you would like to know how to save money on your electric bill,
you would like to sign up for the Beat The Peak program visit http://energysmartsc.org/beat-the-peak/
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