SC WIRE donates $6,440 in emergency supplies for displaced seniors

11053097_956990690991359_9042023610541377581_oWith help from co-op chapters across the state, SC WIRE has supplied 50 bags of supplies for displaced nursing residents to the S.C. Council on Aging.

Members of Women Involved in Rural Electrification chapters converged at the Cayce offices of the state co-op association on Thursday, March 12 to prepare bags with blankets, clothes, toiletries, pillows, towels, Depends and knitted items.

The knitted items11071117_956990687658026_8623213688153623543_o were handmade by a group from Horry Electric’s service area dubbed the Knit Wits. Beverley Grainger, an HEC member, and others in the group knitted hats, lap blankets and scarves and crocheted slippers. “She would bring them to the co-op for us,” says Susan Brown of HEC’s WIRE chapter. 

Peggy Dantzler of ECSC, who coördinated the event, said WIRE chapters around the state raised funds locally for the bags, spending $6,444.30, or about $128 per bag, to aid senior citizens. The Council on Aging will distribute the bags to residents of nursing homes that are closed suddenly due to safety regulations or DHEC compliance issues. Dantzler notes that a few co-ops as well as local co-op members and people donated funds for the third annual Co-op Closet.

WIRE is a community service group affiliated with co-ops across the state; the chapters collaborate through the statewide SC WIRE organization.

March edition of South Carolina Living available online

The March 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!horrymarchcover

 HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Working hard, working smart: Linemen are geared up for safety and equipped with know-how
  • HEC hosting free workshop for K-12 STEM teachers March 21
  • HorryElectric.com has new look
  • Teachers, let’s see how creative you can be!  Bright Ideas deadline is June 1
  • Watching for wildfires – a 30,000 acre blaze in 1976 set the Horry County record
  • Rising deductible plans an opportunity for  Co-op Connections® cardholders – always present both your insurance card and discount card to find the lowest price because every dollar counts
  • Co-op Connections® can benefit golfers
  • Got spring fever?  Remember to ‘look up and around’ before planting- tips for landscaping around overhead and underground electric equipment

 

Historic demand for electricity in S.C. predicted Friday morning

February 19, 2015 Leave a comment

images (6)Horry Electric urges members to conserve energy in homes

 Record low temperatures across South Carolina tonight will put heavy demand on the electricity grid as consumers use more energy to keep warm.

For the state’s electric cooperatives, electricity demand Thursday morning during the peak use hours of 6-9 a.m. approached all-time records. Energy consumption Friday morning is predicted to increase, possibly creating historic demands for power.

“The demands on our power systems overnight could be unprecedented,” said James Lamb, senior vice president of planning and power supply at Central Electric Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to all 20 of the South Carolina’s member-owned cooperatives.

Persistent low temperatures throughout today combined with bitter cold tomorrow morning create conditions for record use of power.

Governor Nikki Haley asked residents to use as little electricity possible to lessen strains and stress on the state’s power supply systems. “Our state will experience the coldest weather of the season with wind chills near zero degrees, and we encourage everyone to manage through this challenge together,” Gov. Haley said Wednesday.

The Arctic air mass that invaded South Carolina Wednesday evening did not create disruptions in the delivery of electricity by electric cooperatives. Power planners hope consumers can proactively conserve power over the next 24 hours to maintain service reliability.

“If all of us follow a few simple steps to conserve energy, the benefits are substantial,” said Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. “Lowering the thermostat overnight or taking a quick morning shower are two simple ways consumers can help decrease the high demand that’s forecast.”

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives suggest consumers follow these steps to use less electricity:

  •  Turn off non-essential internal and external lights
  • Unplug non-essential appliances and devices
  • Set thermostats on 68 degrees or lower
  • Take shorter showers or baths than normal. Electric water heaters use significant amounts of power.
  • Ensure heating vents are open and unobstructed
  • Limit use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, clothes washers, and dryers from 6-9 a.m

Want to learn more?  Visit TogetherWeSave.com .  If you’re an Horry Electric member and you want to look at your individual energy use history, visit MyEnergy Online.  You can even analyze your bill.  If you access the information through MyEnergy Online, an account number is not needed.  If you go to the site, without going through MyEnergy Online, you’ll need to enter your account number.

Historic Cold Temperatures May Create Record Demand

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

911557_10151464718889480_884162178_nSouth Carolina’s electric cooperatives and other utilities are warning that all-time low temperatures forecast for Thursday and Friday mornings may result in a record demand for electricity.

Predicted temperatures in the pre-dawn hours Thursday range from single digits in the Upstate to the low teens in the Midlands and Pee Dee. Below freezing temperatures are also forecast for the Lowcountry. All South Carolina counties are under a wind chill advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. Wind chill values in the Upstate could dip below zero both mornings.

Historically, cold weather creates the highest residential electricity use in South Carolina. The most critical hours for utilities supplying power are the hours from 6-9 a.m. when demand is at its peak.

“We have enough (power) capacity to meet our demand,” said David Logeman, director of power supply at Central Electric Power Cooperative in Columbia, which provides wholesale electricity to all 20 of the South Carolina’s member-owned cooperatives. “However, weather events like this mean our system will probably operate at maximum capacity over an extended period.”

Consumers are urged to be mindful of their energy use during the hours of peak demand.

“If each household follows a few simple steps to conserve electricity, those reductions will have a meaningful impact,” said Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. “Using less power means less stress on our systems and increased reliability of service.”

Members can use less power by following these steps in their homes:

  •  Turn off all but essential internal and external lights
  • Unplug non-essential appliances and devices
  • Set thermostats on 68 degrees or lower
  • Minimize or postpone hot water use
  • Ensure heating and air conditioning vents are open and unobstructed
  • Limit use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers from 6-9 a.m.

Members can learn more ways to save energy in their homes by visiting togetherwesave.com.

South Carolina Living for February 2015 packed with news and information

January 28, 2015 Leave a comment

febsclcoverThe February 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will  be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month,  but you can view it online NOW!

HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Always call before you dig: Projects big or small; make sure you call
  • Operation Round Up Report: HEC members generously helped 208 neighbors in need with $54,000 in aid during 2014
  • WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship deadline is June 1
  • In Burgess, memories of another time – Mules and oxen helped bring co-op power to the Freewoods, member says
  • She ‘loved everything on the farm’ – except for one thing – Annie Plowden remembers growing up on her family’s farm in Burgess’ Freewoods
  • Right back where he started - He followed opportunity up North, then followed his instincts back to Burgess – and farming – featuring Cad Holmes. 

‘E’ is for EXPENSIVE

January 7, 2015 Leave a comment

thermostatMembers are advised to always be careful when adjusting thermostat settings during cold weather.  “It’s easy to accidentally activate the ‘emergency heat’ setting,” says Garrett Gasque, one of the energy advisors at Horry Electric.

That ‘E’ is for ‘expensive’, says Gasque. Selecting ‘emergency heat’ actually turns off your heat pump and turns on strip heating, which uses a lot of power, especially when it’s left on for a long time.

garrettwiththermostatHorry Electric recommends making sure you carefully select the ‘heat’ setting and that you keep your thermostat as close to 68 degrees as possible to maximize energy savings and comfort. “If you’re chilly, put on a sweater or an extra layer of clothing,” suggests Gasque. “Anything to keep the system from struggling and running for a long time.”

A system running longer means more electricity is used.

Here’s how it works.  The amount of energy used, called consumption, by furnaces, heat pumps or baseboard heaters is directly related to how long they run. Because they are connected to a thermostat, they run when the temperature drops a few degrees below the thermostat set point in your home. When the outside temperature is colder than normal, more heat is lost through the ceiling, walls, floors, and openings such as windows and doors. The thermostat senses this extra heat loss and operates the furnace more often to keep up with the heat loss. The longer the unit operates, the higher the energy consumption, which results in a higher electric bill.

“A spike of higher energy consumption  due to colder weather can have a significant impact on your total bill, especially if extreme temperatures continue for several days” says Gasque.

So members won’t be totally surprised when the bill comes after a cold snap, Horry Electric has been my energy onlineand is continuing to proactively encourage everyone to get access to their account to view their personal energy use through MyEnergy Online. “Just go to our home page and click on theMyEnergy Online graphic,” says Gasque. “Once you get started, you’ll be on your way to taking control of your energy use.”

“It’s a powerful tool,” says Gasque. “The immediate feedback of seeing how much energy you use each day gives you a chance to alter your behavior and make changes before daily energy use adds up to a big electric bill.”

There isn’t much anyone can do about the weather, but we can each take control of our energy use.  Visit horryelectric.com to learn more about the powerful tools available to members of Horry Electric.

 

January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living packed with news and information

January 5, 2015 Leave a comment

januarycoverscl2015The January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!

Horry Electric Cooperative local content includes :

  • CEO Column  – Resolve to modify energy use
  • Two opportunities for high school students! Juniors may apply for Youth Tour 2015 (deadline 2/27) and Seniors may apply for the $1500 WIRE scholarship (deadline 3/1)!
  • Co-op Connections® Feature: Heating and air and savings to spare, just for co-op members!
  • Hooray for Hollywood! A touch of Tinseltown in Tabor City helped their teen romance take root in Green Sea
  • Authors share an easy-flowing tale of two rivers -

Other January 2015 highlights available online:

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