Record low temperatures cause record high power bills
Article was added on Friday, January 31, 2014
January's record low temperatures will cause power bills to hit
record highs. Members need to be conscious of their energy use as
the temperatures drop to record lows.
A residential household's kilowatt-hour use is largely
weather-driven, Jay Kirby, a home energy auditor for Santee
Electric Cooperative, reminds members as winter temperatures
"Freezing temperatures make heating systems work harder and
operate longer," Kirby says. "Water flowing into water heaters is
colder and, therefore, requires added energy to warm it up and then
maintain that warmth."
A home with the thermostat set to 68 degrees will burn half the
electricity the same size home uses with the thermostat set at 78
degrees, he said. And for every degree higher your thermostat is
set, you're adding five percent or more in heating costs to your
"Along with the cold weather, the extra hours of darkness tend
to keep families inside more, which presents additional
opportunities to use electricity. Ultimately, heating and cooling
represent about 50 percent of a typical home's energy use," he
We can't do anything about the weather, Kirby notes, but members
can take charge of their energy use and lower their bills. You can
find money-saving ideas in our free brochure, "101 Low-Cost/No-Cost
Home Energy-Saving Measures for South Carolina." Stop by any Santee
Electric office to pick up a copy.
Santee Electric Cooperative gives area community action agencies
money every three months to be distributed to members in need of
assistance. Members should contact their local community action
agency to apply for this assistance.
In Florence County, Pee Dee Community Action Agency can be
reached at 843-394-7440.
In Clarendon County, Wateree Community Actions, Inc. can be
reached at 803-432-3411.
In Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties, the Waccamaw Economic
Opportunity Council, Inc. can be reached at 843-546-6161 or
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