BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 crisis, families across South Carolina have been working and going to school remotely. More time at home likely means a surge in home energy use—and in upcoming electric bills. The annual rising temperatures will play a significant role, as well. Simple money-saving steps can help lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort.
“At Lynches River, we understand the increased financial hardships facing families and businesses due to the economic impact of COVID-19,” said Brian Broughton, Lynches River’s President & CEO. “As you may know, we have suspended disconnections for non-payment, but consumers will still be responsible for those bills when the pandemic has passed. It’s important for families to be mindful of their energy use and consider adjusting certain habits to avoid higher costs later on.”
We recommend the following energy-saving measures to help manage the likely spike in energy consumption:
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, laptops, game consoles, televisions and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12% of energy use.
- Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5%.
- Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12% of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75%.
- Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half and using cold water will save even more.
- Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
We’re here to help! If you have questions or concerns about your electric bill or are facing a financial hardship, give our member services line a call at 843-672-6111 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.