The National Weather Service has issued a HEAT ADVISORY for Horry County that is in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.
So you won’t lose your cool when the electric bill for the energy you use on days like this arrives in the mail, Horry Electric Cooperative suggests you keep a few things in mind:
- Light bulbs produce heat. Keep them off during the day as much as you can. Drapes, blinds and shades should be closed during the hottest hours.
- If you have a powered roof ventilator, turn it off. Experts have learned there are more negative effects than positive benefits of their use. In the warm months, it draws cooled air from inside your home into the hot attic and can cause humidity to be drawn into the home.
- Humidity is a factor. Take baths and wash dishes early in the morning or late in the evening instead of during the day.
- Maintain your cooling system properly. Clean or replace filters regularly. If you haven’t already, it’s never too late to call someone to come service your unit to make sure it is in shape to handle the extreme temperatures.
Want to keep a close eye on how much energy you’re using on these hot days? MyUsage.com powers your awareness and helps take a bit of the shock out of your next electric bill. It’s provided FREE to members of Horry Electric Cooperative, so sign up now. All you need is your account number, your meter number and an e-mail address.
Be sure to visit horryelectric.com and access all the useful information and valuable tools available through our comprehensive guide to energy savings. There’s even an online energy audit tool, as well as a residential do-it-yourself checklist that includes recommendations from Horry Electric Cooperative that you can download and complete.
Don’t forget to visit TogetherWeSave.com while you’re online or to download a copy of the 101 Low-Cost/No-Cost Home Energy-Saving Measures booklet!
Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit, member-owned organization providing information and energy related services on a fair and equitable basis.