March edition of SCL features Community Solar

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

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column – The benefits of Community Solar
  • Horry News – Operation Round Up update; Looking for teachers for Bright Ideas and Unclaimed Capital Credits posted online
  • Horry Extra – Call before you dig and Right-of-way Map
  • Community Solar – It’s here!

How much does it cost to light a typical home?

relinfo01Lighting accounts for 6% of the total energy use in the average home in the United States and costs between $50 and $150 per year in electricity.

That’s not as much money as it takes to operate a heating and cooling system, but it is enough to make some energy efficiency modifications.

Lighting is a visible energy user, so it’s a great place to start teaching kids to be mindful of wasting energy.

Lighting Tips

There are several simple things you can do to keep lighting costs to a minimum.

  • Avoid wasting lighting energy by turning off lights when they aren’t needed.
  • Fluorescent lighting is much more economical than incandescent lighting. It produces about four times more light with the same amount of energy and lamps last 10 to 15 times longer.
  • Compact fluorescents allow you to use fluorescent lighting in places you never could before. Begin replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents wherever practical.
  • Install occupancy sensors so lights go off automatically in unoccupied rooms.

For more information, visit and spend some time in our Home Energy Library. 



Youth Tour application deadline for high school juniors extended to March 3!

youthtourlogo2013Chance of a lifetime for high school juniors! 

If you are a high school junior living in Horry County, then you’re qualified to apply for a chance to take part in a five-day, expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour!


Winners of Horry Electric Cooperative’s local Youth Tour competition will join students from around the state and nation June 10-15. They’ll tour historic sites, learn about our nation’s government and have lots of fun shopping, dining out, seeing a play and cruising the Potomac at sunset.

Nearly 1,500 students take part each year and four of them are there representing Horry Electric Cooperative.  A quiz and personal interview are part of the selection process. Study materials are sent to nominated students in advance of the date scheduled for the selection process.

Grade point averages are not a consideration. Two alternates will be selected in the event any of the winners are unable to participate.  Applications, made available to guidance counselors earlier this year, are also available online at  You can also contact Horry Electric’s Youth Tour Coordinator, Toni Gore via email  ( or by calling 369-6359.

To find out more about this exciting chance of a lifetime for high school juniors, visit or

PLEASE NOTE: YOUTH TOUR 2017 is unfortunately scheduled for the same time as Palmetto Girls State and Palmetto Boys State, which are scheduled for June 11-17. 

The Washington Youth Tour…

  • Rewards students for academic achievement and community leadership
  • Educates students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy
  • Fosters students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government
  • Exposes students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage
  • Builds students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities

Students and chaperones…

  • Meet South Carolina lawmakers
  • Eat at cool restaurants
  • Visit our capital’s monuments
  • Tour Washington, D.C.
  • Socialize with people from S.C. and around the country

For more information about the Washington Youth Tour program, visit

Youth tour applications for students – High School Juniors ONLY – MATERIALS WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS IN JANUARY. If your counselor no longer has the information, please call Toni Gore, youth tour coördinator for Horry Electric,  at (843) 369-2211.

HEC announces opportunity for teachers in Horry County

Horry Electric Cooperative is calling for applications for Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. The deadline for applications is June 2.

“Bright Ideas” grants are intended to fund projects outside normal public school funding parameters and can be made available to all disciplines in grades K-12 in Horry County. A school may submit an application and teachers are limited to one application per year.

Bright Ideas Application 2017

For more information and details, visit or contact  Toni Gore  via email or by phone at 843. 369.2211.

National Survey on The Cooperative Difference began today

911557_10151464718889480_884162178_nOn an annual basis, Horry Electric Cooperative joins together with sister cooperatives across the country to participate in the National Survey on The Cooperative Difference. “The feedback from our members who may be contacted to participate in the survey is critical to helping us improve service to all of our members,” says Penelope Hinson, manager of public relations, marketing and energy management for the cooperative.  Past survey results have been used by staff and the board of trustees for short-term and long-term strategic planning purposes. “We take the feedback to heart,” says Hinson. “It’s not just research that lands on a shelf to collect dust.”

The survey, which is conducted by phone, lasts no more than 12-14 minutes.  The telephone interviewers identify themselves as calling on behalf of Horry Electric Cooperative. “We’re once again working with Bellomy Research of Winston-Salem, N.C. on the survey,” says Hinson. “The company uses the words “Opinion Counts” as their Caller ID code”.  All survey calls from our data collection center originate from area code 336. Overall, more than 20,000 rural electric cooperative members are called nationwide during the survey.

“If you are one of the recipients of a survey call, please know that it provides us with valuable information about your beliefs and values related to our cooperative,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric. “That feedback is critical to our mission as you local electric cooperative.”

TSE Services, in coordination with Horry Electric Cooperative and Touchstone Energy, initiated the survey more than a decade ago to better understand how different generations and segments of electric cooperative members view their electric provider and how cooperatives can better communicate the value of cooperative membership.

This year, about 50 rural electric cooperatives from across the country are participating in the study. Survey results will assist Horry Electric  with:

  • Identifying overall satisfaction and value propositions by member segment
  • Measuring impact of member and community engagement activities
  • Determining the strength of the relationship between members and the co-op
  • Examining uses of new technology (smart phones, tablet computers)
  • Evaluating member communications preferences

The National Survey on the Cooperative Difference phone interviews for members of Horry Electric began today and will continue over the next several days. The calls are made primarily during weeknights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Weekend calling will be limited to Saturday.  No Sunday phone calls are permitted for this study.


Questions?  Call 843.369.2211




February edition of South Carolina Living is available NOW

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


Horry Electric’s  new Beat the Peak program is featured in the February edition of the magazine.

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column – Managing energy costs; New program helps all members save money
  • YOU can help Beat the Peak
  • Horry Extra – Update on prescription savings through Co-op Connections
  • If meters could talk
  • Energy Star Buyers Guide – Purchasing Energy Star-certified appliances and electronics is a great way to save energy in your home!
  • You’ve never had so many convenient ways to pay your co-op bill! 

Calling all high school seniors for scholarship opportunity

scwireHorry Electric’s chapter of W.I.R.E. (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) is offering a $1500 scholarship to an eligible high school senior who plans on attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry Georgetown Technical College in the Fall of 2017.  The applicant must be the child or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. in order to qualify.

The scholarship award is for one academic year for an entering freshman. $750 will be given for the fall semester. An additional $750 will be given for the spring semester, contingent upon meeting the 2.5 GPR requirement.

Scholarship Criteria includes:

  1. Applicant must be the child or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  2. Awards are for one academic year for an entering freshman.  $750 will be given in the fall semester and an additional $750 will be given for the spring semester, contingent upon meeting the G.P.R. requirement.
  3. Scholarship recipient must have at least a cumulative 2.5 G.P.R. at the end of the first semester of college to receive the second semester scholarship. Copies of grades should be submitted to Susan Brown at the end of the first semester, when registering for the second semester.
  4. Loans and/or college work-study awards received in addition to this scholarship do not reduce its full value in any way.
  5. In accepting the scholarship, the student gives consent to the release of grades and other relevant information to the scholarship sponsor at the end of each semester.
  6. All applications must be received by Horry Electric’s WIRE Group by Tuesday, March 1, 2017.
  7. Applicants must be attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Disbursement of these funds will be handled by CCU or HGTC as per their procedures.
  8. In the event there is no qualified recipient, the scholarship is suspended for that year.
  9. In the event the scholarship recipient receives the first $750 for the fall semester and does not maintain G.P.R. and/or drops out of school, the balance of the scholarship is suspended for that applicant and for the remainder of the school year/spring semester.
  10. Financial need will be an important consideration in determining the winner.
  11. Students may be asked to participate in an interview as a final step in this process. Completion and submission of an application is not a guarantee that every applicant will be granted an interview. Those selected for an interview will be contacted individually.

Applications have been sent to all high schools in Horry County and are available for students through the guidance counselor. Students can also download and print the application from this news story. All applications should be mailed to Mrs. Susan Brown – WIRE SCHOLARSHIP; Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Post Office Box 119; Conway, South Carolina; 29528-0119

Application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Fax copies are not accepted. All instructions are specified on the application. 

Download and print the WIRE SCHOLARSHIP 2017 application

Questions?  Call 843.369.2211 or email Mrs. Susan Brown.