Bitter cold brings higher bills



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CEO Message from the February 2018 edition of South Carolina Living Magazine.


WHEN BITTER COLD HITS, energy bills jump. Horry Electric’s rates didn’t increase during the cold snaps we saw in January, but bills for energy use increased significantly. Members repeatedly told us they hadn’t changed their thermostats and questioned how on earth their electric bill could have possibly doubled.

As our service representatives and energy advisors explained to everyone, the increases we all saw were due to the extra amount of electricity it takes to keep the inside of a home at the temperature set on the thermostat when the outdoor temperatures are so severe. We actually set a new peak demand record on the morning of January 5 and then broke that record on January 7. The previous record of 405 megawatts (MW) was set in February of 2015. Our new record set on January 7 is 430 MW.

Here’s how it happened
The amount of energy used 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 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 the 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 higher electric bills. 

A spike of higher consumption for a week or more due to colder weather significantly increases your total bill. We’ve been through more than one extended cold snap since Christmas and bills are going to be high.

Alerts can help members save!
Members on the Advance Pay program were very aware of how much their daily energy use was impacted by the colder temperatures. As part of the program, they receive daily updates on how much energy they use. Getting an energy alert is available to everyone on the Horry Electric system. If you have online access, you can sign up yourself through MyEnergy Online, our member service portal. If you don’t have access, one of our service representatives will be glad to set your account up for alerts delivered via text, voicemail and/or email. Getting daily alerts will help you become more aware of your daily use, and, if you take action to make changes to reduce your energy use, it could help
you avoid the shock of an extremely high bill!

February edition of SCLiving is online NOW!

horry february coverThe February edition of South Carolina Living magazine is packed with news and information for electric cooperative members!

Horry Electric’s local content for the February 2018 edition  includes:

  • CEO Message: Bitter cold brings higher bills
  • Unclaimed capital credits posted online
  • Attention Members – Voting at the Annual Meeting of Members – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Members have saved more than $878,000 on prescriptions with the Co-op Connections Card!
  • Youth Tour/Youth Summit – application deadline February 28
  • February FEATURE:  WIRE’s gifts help homeless students
  • WIRE scholarship information
  • Keeping Horry County GREEN


Two opportunities for high school juniors!

January 2018 scl_Page_2Horry Electric Cooperative is offering two exciting opportunities to HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS this summer.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been scheduled for June 9-14. We’ll be sending four students on this trip. Students will be able to experience Washington D. C. with 1,500 high school juniors from across South Carolina and the country, meeting lawmakers and touring all the sights.

This year, we’re also offering four students an opportunity to participate in The Cooperative Youth Summit, which is scheduled for July 10-13. Students will experience South Carolina’s capital!  They’ll tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. Plus, there’s plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

Applications are available through high school guidance counselors and online at We are accepting applications/nominations from any high school JUNIOR in Horry County who is interested in either of these opportunities.  All expenses are paid by the Cooperative. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 28, 2018. 

Students who apply for either opportunity are asked to take a short written test based on study material provided by Horry Electric Cooperative and then participate in a personal interview with representatives of Horry Electric. All study materials will be mailed to students well in advance of the date of the competition.

Based on the results of the test and the interview session, four students will be selected to represent Horry Electric Cooperative at Youth Tour.  Another four students will be selected to represent us at the Cooperative Youth Summit. Two alternates for each trip will also be selected in the event one of the winners is unable to make the trip.

All applicants for the Youth Tour and for the Youth Summit must:

  • Attend high school or career center in Horry County
  • Be currently enrolled as a junior
  • Be nominated by a school representative, county extension agent or church leader
  • Submit application by Friday, February 28th, 2018
  • Participate in test and interview session at the time, date and location set by the Cooperative.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and Youth Summit are both exciting opportunities for students to learn more about the cooperative way of doing business. Please encourage the high school juniors in your school to participate in the competition.

Questions?  Contact Toni Gore, Youth Tour/Youth Summit Coordinator @843.369.2211 or





January edition of South Carolina Living is online NOW!

HORRY JANUARY COVERThe January edition of South Carolina Living magazine is packed with news and information for electric cooperative members!

Horry Electric’s local content for the January 2018 edition  includes:

  • CEO Message: Empowering future members
  • Just for High School Juniors: one application, two great opportunities – Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit
  • Youth Tour/Summit Application
  • Not all air filters are created equal
  • Horry Electric Approved Electricians, HVAC Contractors, Plumbers
  • Join us to reduce energy costs – Beat the Peak
  • Energy Advisors bring website features to life




Grinding of the Greens 2017/2018

gogpicWe’re very happy to be a part of Grinding of the Greens, a special recycling project led by The Horry County Solid Waste Authority.

We encourage all residents to recycle their live trees when it is time to put away the holiday decorations. You can keep the decorations, just bring the tree to us!  Be sure to remove all the lights, decorations, any tinsel you used to decorate and take the tree out of its tree stand.

Drop off locations are scattered throughout the county. Details are included in this handy GRINDING OF THE GREENS FLYER. You can drop off your tree at any of the locations listed on the flyer between December 26 and January 29.

Trees dropped off will be chipped and recycled into FREE landscaping mulch. The mulch will be available to all citizens while supplies last. Grinding is usually done during the third and/or fourth week of February.  Trees are ground at each drop-off site.  When going to pick up mulch after the trees are ground, please be sure to take your own container.

Last year, more than 1,000 trees were dropped off and ground into mulch.  Let’s see if we can increase that number this year!

South Carolina Living magazine available online

The horrycovernovember2017November/December 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Plus, you can find the local content for all of the Horry Electric SCL editions published in 2017 on!

This month’s highlights include:

  • CEO message: Giving thanks for your support – especially in one important way
  • Horry News: Right-of-way update; Do you have special medical needs? Check out our H2O Load Management and H2O Select programs
  • Merry Christmas from all of us
  • Nativity Exhibition at Maple Baptist Church
  • How to become a trustee of Horry Electric 
  • Annual Meeting Time Schedule


September edition of South Carolina Living will soon be delivered; it’s online NOW

The September 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Highlights this month include:HORRY SEPTEMBER 2017 COVER

  • CEO Column: Troubled by nuclear issues
  • BEAT THE PEAK – Sign up between September 1 and October 13 to be entered into a drawing for a $100 electric bill credit
  • Horry Extra: Steady growth continues on Horry Electric system
  • A place for fun – North Strand Recreation Center
  • Who Powers You:  Honor someone in your community and celebrate the power of human connections.