February Edition of South Carolina Living available online

The February 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to mailboxes mid-month, but the local content from Horry Electric is available now! You can access the online version of the main part of the magazine, too!

Horry Electric highlights include:October magazine cover

  • CEO Column: 75 Acts of Kindness: Looking for applications for specific, one-time acts
  • Horry News: Call 811 before you dig; Unclaimed Capital Credits posted online; Right-of-Way schedule
  • Horry Extra – Update on Co-op Connections Healthy Savings
  • Horry Electric History feature – “Miss Leo” ushered in a new era of member services
  • 75 Acts of Kindness Application

Cold temps bring increase in use, higher bills

myenergyonlinehomepagegraphicWhen bitter cold hits, energy bills jump due to increased consumption.  Horry Electric’s rates have remained the same this winter. Members probably haven’t changed their thermostat setting. How on earth could the electric bill have doubled!?!?

This increase is due to the extra amount of electricity it takes to keep the inside of your home at the temperature you have set on your thermostat when the outdoor temperature is colder. 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 for a week or more due to colder weather can significantly increase your total bill.  We’ve been through an extended cold snap for the past several days. Electric bills are going to be higher.

Visit horryelectric.com and explore all the many tools available to members to get a better handle on energy use. We highly recommend tracking your daily energy use and signing up for daily alerts and reminders.  There isn’t much we can do about the weather, but we can each take control of how we use energy in our homes and businesses.

 

Helpful online tools for members:

Celebrating 75 years with 75 Acts of Kindness

HEC 75 years finalToday is our 75th Anniversary! Commitment to community remains a focus. 

SINCE JANUARY 7, 1941, the success of our Cooperative has been directly related to the well-being of the communities we serve in Horry County. This year, we’re celebrating 75 years of
service, and we’re doing it by highlighting one of our core
values and guiding principles.

Commitment to community is a core value of Horry Electric and our
sister cooperatives that are a part of Touchstone Energy. It’s also an
important piece of the Seven Guiding Principles followed by all businesses
that operate using the cooperative business model.

Horry Electric has a long history of working to serve in the best interest of our membership and our community. What better way to celebrate our
75 years of service by highlighting that commitment by doing 75 Acts
of Kindness in 2016?

75 Acts of Kindness
Horry Electric Cooperative traditionally helps people in need by supporting local charitable organizations through employees who volunteer in our communities; through Operation Round Up and,
when possible, through general monetary donations.

To celebrate our history and our tradition of giving to the community
we’re going to be doing 75 Acts of Kindness with a value of up to $500
per act.

Recipients do not have to be members of Horry Electric, but they
must be located in Horry County. General local charities that benefit
HEC members are eligible, but they must submit an application for a
specific one-time project. Schools and school groups; churches and
individuals are also eligible to apply as long as the purpose of their proposed community service project benefits an individual or group of people in Horry County.

Funding process
The funding for this initiative is included in the 2016 budget for Horry
Electric’s 75th Anniversary. Funds requested must be for specific, one-time
acts. Applications are available online; at our main office on Cultra Road in Conway and at our Socastee office.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year and will end when 75 Acts of Kindness are complete.

We have an application review committee made up of employees who each represent the primary communities in which we serve. Throughout the year, as they review these applications and approve an individual Act of Kindness, we’ll keep you updated. The information will be published in the monthly magazine and/or through our social media outlets.

Tune in and join us in celebrating our anniversary and the 75 Acts of Kindness. It’s going to be quite a year!

HEC 75 Acts Of Kindness Application

What is load control and why does it matter?

greenquestionguyHorry Electric continually and carefully monitors energy use and load patterns on the system. When it appears we’re going to be close to hitting a peak, we go into load control.

Load control is an operational technique known universally in the electric utility world as conservation voltage reduction (CVR).

Load control is put into action to curtail load during periods of high electricity consumption. Load is curtailed by simply reducing voltage at the substation level. There is no impact on power quality, but the demand, energy and line losses are reduced on the entire system.

According to Electric Power Research Institute data, every 1 percent change in voltage reduction results in an average of 0.8 percent reduction in kilowatt load.  By reducing the load on the system, Horry Electric and sister cooperatives throughout South Carolina are able to avoid hitting ‘peak’, which is the time when there is a large demand on the system for electricity.

During normal load periods Horry Electric pays a few cents per kilowatt-hour for power. However, when we reach a peak demand or energy periods when the temperatures rise or dramatically drop, we can pay up to one dollar per kilowatt-hour. In turn, we must pass these higher costs on to members which may have an impact on rates.

The demand for electricity on Horry Electric’s system is greatest in the winter months between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and, in the summer months, between 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.  Please keep that in mind any time you start use any major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines or clothes dryers.

November/December edition of South Carolina Living is available online!

The November/December 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to mailboxes mid-month, but  Horry Electric’s local page content and the online version of the magazine are available NOW!

Horry Electric highlights include:Horry 11-15 cx3_Page_3

  • CEO Column: This holiday season, remember your co-op cares, plus Safety Tips for Christmas
  • Horry News: Recap of the flooding in SC; lessons from the storm; Notify HEC if you have Special Medical Needs; Your phone number is a vital connection to PowerTouch, our outage reporting system, plus Could You Use a Shopping Assistant for the holidays?
  • Merry Christmas from Horry Electric Cooperative – includes the office schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.
  • Horry Electric History feature
  • How to Become a Trustee of Horry Electric Cooperative
  • 2016 Annual Meeting Timeline

October edition of South Carolina Living to arrive in mailboxes soon!

The October 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers later this week. It’s available online NOW!  IMG_9482

Horry Electric highlights include:

  • CEO Column: Kickstarting the co-op difference
  • Horry News: ‘Tis the season to give a little extra! Remodeling our Socastee Office;  Dig this! 811 and Get the credit for helping us take a load off!
  • Safety tips:  Halloween and Electrical Safety for kids
  • Feature: Waccamaw Market Cooperative’s success shows how good things can happen when people work together.
  • Co-op Connections: You’ll be floored after a visit to this Loris Landmark

Members might need to upgrade browsers to access MyEnergy Online

myenergyonlinehomepagegraphicWe’ve recently updated our MyEnergy Online member service portal. With the update, came increased security. As a result, your browser may no longer be compatible with our system.

The browser versions now supported by MyEnergy Online are IE 10+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 34+ and Safari 17+.  Access to the online member service portal is not possible with previous versions of any of these browsers. Members who do not want to upgrade their browser to a more recent, more secure version are being advised there are still  a lot of options for them including making payments by phone, in person, by mail, by bank draft or at any of the local pay stations  set up in Horry County.

Why upgrade your browser? Old browsers can be less stable and more vulnerable to viruses, spyware, malware and other security issues. Those are pretty obviously big problems – especially for people who shop online. Security alone is a very good reason to upgrade, but there’s more to it than that. Old browsers are slow and more likely to crash and they can’t display many new websites.

What browser are you using now?  To find out what browser you’re currently using, click here.

Ready to upgrade or switch browsers? Please notice that switching browsers is free and won’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Can’t decide which one to use? We found a helpful review of the Top Ten.

While Internet  Explorer remains a popular option for members, there are limitations with some of the operating systems.  For example, Windows Vista will only work up to IE9.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are other options being used by Horry Electric members.

Google Chrome: In May 2012, according to at least one statistics website, Google Chrome (all versions combined) became the most popular browser in the world (compared to IE, all versions combined). Chrome was first released in 2008, and has a number of advantages over old browsers like IE8.

How to Upgrade to Chrome:

Mozilla Firefox : Firefox has been the main competitor to Internet Explorer since the mid-2000′s. Although Google’s Chrome has become more popular in recent years, Firefox is a great browser with many advantages over old browsers.

How to Upgrade to Firefox:Click here to watch this short video for step-by-step instructions on installing the Firefox browser.

What about bookmarks? 
Moving bookmarks from the old browser to the new one is not difficult at all.
For instructions on how to transfer your bookmarks to your new browser, check out the Browsing Better website. When you visit the page, click on the icon for the browser you’re currently using, and follow the instructions from the images that appear.

Chrome: Bookmark Instructions
Firefox: Bookmark Instructions
Safari: Bookmark Instructions