“We hope members have resisted the temptation to push thermostats above the recommended setting of 68 degrees during this cold snap,” says Ricky Lowder, senior marketing representative for Horry Electric Cooperative. “With the temperatures we’ve seen the last few days, it has been a real struggle for heating systems to meet that 68 degree setting,” he continues. ” Pushing the setting up might make you feel warm and toasty at the moment, but you’ll regret it when you get the bill.”
A system running longer means more electricity is used.
Here’s how it works. The amount of energy used, called consumption, by furnaces, heat pumps or baseboard heaters is directly related to how long they run. Because they are connected to a thermostat, they run when the temperature drops a few degrees below the thermostat set point in your home. When the outside temperature is colder than normal, more heat is lost through the ceiling, walls, floors, and openings such as windows and doors. The thermostat senses this extra heat loss and operates the furnace more often to keep up with the heat loss. The longer the unit operates, the higher the energy consumption, which results in a higher electric bill.
“A spike of higher energy consumption due to colder weather can have a significant impact on your total bill, especially if extreme temperatures continue for several days” says Lowder.
So members won’t be totally surprised when the bill comes after this cold snap, Horry Electric has been and is continuing to proactively encourage everyone to get access to their account to view their personal energy use through MyEnergy Online. “Just go to our home page and click on the MyEnergy Online graphic, ” says Lowder. “Once you get started, you’ll be on your way to taking control of your energy use.”
“It’s a powerful tool,” says Lowder. “The immediate feedback of seeing how much energy you use each day gives you a chance to alter your behavior and make changes before daily energy use adds up to a big electric bill.”
Visit horryelectric.com and dig through the comprehensive guide to energy savings to see what you might be able to do to map out a plan of action to get more out of the energy dollars you spend. “There isn’t much we can do about the weather,” says Lowder, “But we can each take control of how we use energy in our homes and businesses.”