SCE&G customers break record for power usage

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Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

SOUTH CAROLINA (WRDW) -- Record cold temperatures across South Carolina led SCE&G electric customers to set a new record for power usage in a single day, according to a release.

On Tuesday, customers consumed 101,118 megawatt hours of electricity over the 24-hour period. The previous high mark of 98,785 megawatt hours was set Aug. 10, 2007.

With high usage, that possibly means higher bills. Here's some advice from the company:

  • Set thermostats to 68°F or lower (each degree higher can significantly increase heating costs)
  • Open blinds and shades during the day to let sunshine in
  • Check air filters monthly and change when dirty
  • Caulk around windows, replace old weather stripping around doors to keep cold air out
  • Periodically check your ductwork for leaks or tears and repair as necessary.

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