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Consumers Learn How to Save on Utility Bills

March 17
18:09 2020
Consumers Learn How to Save on Utility Bills

Whether they own a home or rent a house or apartment, just about all South Carolinians can benefit from reduced monthly energy bills. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save. It’s not just about replacing light bulbs and buying energy-efficient appliances.

Customers can also take advantage of money-saving programs and more, ranging from 75 cents to up to 65% of the purchase prices. Read on to find out how to get started.

Perform an Energy Audit

The best place to start is to perform an energy audit. This involves inspecting the home to identify potential sources of excess energy use, ranging from checking for air leaks around doors and windows to checking the efficiency of appliances and light bulbs, changing HVAC filters, and checking insulation levels in exterior walls. Both renters and homeowners can call their utility companies to find out if those companies offer free audits, but it’s also fine for residents to perform the audits themselves.

Take Advantage of Rebate Programs

All three major utility providers in South Carolina offer rebates to customers who perform audits and make subsequent improvements to their homes’ energy efficiency. Rebates range from $50 for recycling secondary refrigerators and freezers from SCE&G to $525 rebates for HVAC installation from Duke Energy. 

Upgrade Lighting

Upgrading to ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs gives consumers an easy way to save money by reducing their electricity bills. That’s not the only way switching out light bulbs can help people save, though. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) has also approved lightbulb programs for all three major utility companies designed to encourage energy-efficient choices.

Maintain Heating and Cooling Systems

Home heating and cooling bills can add up quickly. Indoor climate control comprises half the average family’s annual energy expenditures. Switching to a new, more energy-efficient system can help, but only if it’s well maintained. Change the filters regularly, schedule annual tune-ups, and take advantage of rebates to seal ducts or make other improvements without spending a fortune.

Upgrade Thermostats

Installing a digital thermostat can help families decrease their monthly energy bills by setting the thermostat lower when they aren’t home and automatically turning it back up half an hour before they return. Reducing the temperature in the winter by just 10% to 15% during the work or school day will save families 10% to 15% of their annual heating bills, so a digital thermostat will pay for itself quickly.

The tips above are just a few of the ways homeowners and renters can save money on their bills. Those who want to learn more can trust the PSCSC, a well-respected public agency that specializes in monitoring and regulating utilities, to offer more help and sage advice. Visit get started.

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