Utilities: Conserve power during frigid weather

Utilities: Conserve power during frigid weather

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Utilities are asking customers to conserve energy during peak hours Thursday morning because of the cold weather.

SCE&G and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina are asking asking customers to conserve between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday morning.

ECSC says all-time low temperatures could result in a record demand for energy.

"We have enough (power) to meet our demand, Central Electric Power Cooperative spokesman David Logeman said. "However, weather events like this mean our system will probably operate at maximum capacity over an extended period."

SCE&G says heating and cooling accounts for close to half of the annual energy use in a typical home. SCE&G advises customers to set their thermostat to 68 degrees while awake and lower while asleep or away from home.

"If each household follows a few simple steps to conserve electricity, those reductions will have a meaningful impact," ECSC CEO Mike Couick said.

Tips to conserve power include:

  • Turning off all-but-essential internal and external lights
  • Unplugging non-essential appliances and devices
  • Setting thermostats at 68 degrees or lower
  • Minimizing or postponing hot water use
  • Ensuring heating and air conditioning vents are open and unobstructed
  • Limiting use of major power-consuming equipment like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers during peak hours

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