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May edition of SCL online now!

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Image of Horry Electric edition of South Carolina Living magazine for May 2020.

The May 2020 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to horryelectric.com!  It will be delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members soon!

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The May 2020 edition has two pages dedicated to local news about your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column– Tough times for all; we’re here for you and we are continuing to look out for you
  • Various co-op news: Military Appreciation Month; A special thank you to our members; Beat the Peak gift card contest

Bright Ideas grant application deadline extended

Bright IdeasHorry Electric is extending the deadline for Bright Ideas grant applications due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new application deadline for 2020 is August 31, 2020.

“Due to the uncertain times we’re living in, we want to give our teachers extra time to complete their applications,” said Toni Gore, coordinator of the Bright Ideas program.

Bright Ideas is a grant program designed to provide funding for innovative classroom-based educational projects.

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. $1,000 is the maximum amount teachers can apply for.

“We encourage any teacher in the district to apply! We would love the opportunity to help fund any project a teacher may want to do for their classroom,” says Gore.

Anyone interested can apply online through our website.

 

Sign up for Bank Draft in May, get entered for a prize drawing!

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Horry Electric is working hard to encourage participation in our FREE Bank Draft program with a limited time offer to new participants.  “A member who qualifies and gets successfully signed up as a Bank Draft participant between May 1 and 11:59 PM on May 31, 2020, will be automatically entered into a prize drawing for one of ten $50 electric bill credits,” says Danny Shelley, executive vice president and CEO.   The bill credits will be awarded to the winning entrants on June 1, 2020.   Contest rules are outlined at the bottom of this blog post.

The Bank Draft program makes paying your electric bill easier. “You can pay your bill on time, every time – without having to write a check,” says Shelley. “It’s the easiest, safest, most convenient and least expensive way to pay your electric bill”.

When a member signs up, Horry Electric will begin automatically drafting the checking or savings account for the amount of the monthly electric bill the following billing period.”You’ll still get statements showing the kWh use and the amount due, but you won’t have to write a check, come to the office, or pay a visit to the night deposit box after hours,” explains Shelley, adding that the amount due is drafted on the bill due date.  “The other big benefit,” he continues, ” is there are no convenience fees!”

Please note that it may take a few days to process a request, so continue to pay the bill until “Bank Draft” appears on the statement you get in the mail.

The limited-time offer is for NEW participants only and Advance Pay participants are not eligible to participate.  The contest rules are outlined below.

The best way to sign up is to visit MyEnergy Online. “We will be creating a couple of videos to demonstrate how to sign up via mobile app or desktop and we will share those as soon as they are ready,” says Shelley. Members may also call Horry Electric during regular business hours at 843.369.2211 to learn more about getting signed up.

How to sign up mobile app version and desktop version.


Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bank Draft Sign-Up Competition & Prizes
Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions

1. No Purchase or Entry Fee Required.

2. Timing. The Bank Draft Sign-Up Competition & Prizes (“Promotion”) begins at 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on May 1, 2020, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on May 31, 2020 (the “Promotion Period”).

3. Overview. This promotion is a submission contest solely intended for members of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“Cooperative”) who currently are not registered for Bank Draft but who register for Bank Draft during the Promotion Period. Interested parties (the “Entrant” or “Submitter”) may be:

a)     an individual member of the Cooperative (“Entrant”), or

b)     an individual member entering on behalf of a legally-registered organization or association that is a member of the Cooperative (“Submitter”).

Entrants and/or Submitters may sign up for Bank Draft, and ten randomly selected Entrants will be awarded a $50.00 (USD) bill credit on their next bill from the Cooperative.

4. To Enter. Entrants and/or Submitters may enter online by visiting MyEnergy Online to sign up in the member portal; by filling out the online interest form or by calling us at 843.369.2211 during regular business hours. Entrants and/or Submitters must enter only one submission. Entries submitted in violation of the contest entry rules will not be considered [be void]. All entries become the property of the Cooperative and will not be returned. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on May 31, 2020, the official end date of the Promotion Period.

5. Eligibility. Entrant and/or Submitter must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry, and the Entrant and/or Submitter must be a member of the Cooperative.  The following are not eligible to participate: a) officers, directors, and employees of the Cooperative; and b) the immediate family members (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses) of Cooperative employees and household members with whom they may reside (whether related or not); existing members of the Cooperative who are currently registered for Bank Draft; members with poor credit. This Promotion is void outside of South Carolina and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

6. Judging Criteria. Ten winners will be randomly drawn from all properly submitted entries on June 1, 2020.

7. Prize Awarding. The ten winners will be randomly selected and announced on or about June 4, 2020 from among all eligible entries received. The ten winners will be notified in writing that the credit has been applied to their respective accounts.

8. Prizes/Odds. There will be ten (10) prizes awarded: ten $50.00 (USD) statement credits on the member’s next bill from the Cooperative. Odds of winning will be based on a random drawing from the total group of eligible submissions.

9. Terms/Conditions.

a)     By submitting an entry, Entrant warrants and represents that he/she is a member of a South Carolina Electric Cooperative;
b)     By submitting an entry, Submitter warrants and represents that he/she registered a legally-registered organization or association that is a member of the Cooperative;
c)     The Cooperative reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time in the event the Cooperative determines, in its sole discretion, that the submission is inappropriate, not in keeping with Cooperative’s image, or that an Entrant or Submitter has not otherwise complied with these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions;
d)     By claiming a prize, the winner agrees that the Cooperative, and its officers, employees, members, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies, [do not have any] have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind related to participation in this Promotion, or from acceptance or use/misuse of any prize offered;
e)     Acceptance of a prize shall constitute the winner’s agreement that the Cooperative or its agent(s) may use and/or display the winner’s name, address (city, state only), likeness, entry (and content) and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes, without further consideration, except where prohibited by law;
f)     You agree to release Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platform and acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platform;
g)     All taxes on prizes (if applicable) are the sole responsibility of the winner;
h)     Prizes are not transferable or assignable, except to a surviving spouse, or at the sole discretion of the Cooperative.

10. Direct Marketing. By entering the Promotion, Entrant acknowledges that he/she may receive various marketing or other information from the Cooperative or its affiliated member electric cooperatives regarding their products or services. If an Entrant does not desire to receive this information, an Entrant may opt out by calling 843.369.2211 or emailing Service@horryelectric.com

11. Sponsor. Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2774 Cultra Road, Conway, SC 29526.

Void outside of South Carolina and wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

April Annual Meeting edition of SCL online now!

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Image of Horry Electric edition of South Carolina Living magazine for April 2020.

The April 2020 Annual Meeting edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to horryelectric.com!  It was delivered to the mailboxes of all Horry Electric members on record as of the end of March. This edition contains IMPORTANT information concerning the Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Please read Page 4 thoroughly.

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The April 2020 edition has 10 pages dedicated to Annual Meeting news from your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column: Annual Meeting countdown; Slight adjustments needed. IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
  • Official notice of Annual Meeting: Official notice of Annual Meeting; Agenda; Registration map; Grand prize/gift information.
  • Capital Credits: Co-op returning $3 million in capital credits to members by end of April.
  • 2019 Financial View: A breakdown of the numbers; Comparative operating statistics.
  • Board of Trustees: Meet your Board of Trustees; Read more about the board candidates up for re-election.
  • Notice of proposed bylaw amendments: Members to vote on changes to work toward compliance with a governance law passed by the  S.C. General Assembly in 2019.
  • Various co-op news: How to navigate the MyEnergy Online portal; Apply now for Jenny Ballard W.I.R.E. scholarship; Update your information.

Sign up for Bank Draft, get entered for a prize drawing!

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Horry Electric is working hard to encourage participation in our FREE Bank Draft program with a limited time offer to new participants.  “A member who qualifies and gets successfully signed up as a Bank Draft participant between April 1 and 11:59 PM on April 30, 2020, will be automatically entered into a prize drawing for one of ten $50 electric bill credits,” says Danny Shelley, executive vice president and CEO.   The bill credits will be awarded to the winning entrants on May 1, 2020.   Contest rules are outlined at the bottom of this blog post.

The Bank Draft program makes paying your electric bill easier. “You can pay your bill on time, every time – without having to write a check,” says Shelley. “It’s the easiest, safest, most convenient and least expensive way to pay your electric bill”.

When a member signs up, Horry Electric will begin automatically drafting the checking or savings account for the amount of the monthly electric bill the following billing period.”You’ll still get statements showing the kWh use and the amount due, but you won’t have to write a check, come to the office, or pay a visit to the night deposit box after hours,” explains Shelley, adding that the amount due is drafted on the bill due date.  “The other big benefit,” he continues, ” is there are no convenience fees!”

Please note that it may take a few days to process a request, so continue to pay the bill until “Bank Draft” appears on the statement you get in the mail.

The limited-time offer is for NEW participants only and Advance Pay participants are not eligible to participate.  The contest rules are outlined below.

The best way to sign up is to visit MyEnergy Online. “We will be creating a couple of videos to demonstrate how to sign up via mobile app or desktop and we will share those as soon as they are ready,” says Shelley. Members may also call Horry Electric during regular business hours at 843.369.2211 to learn more about getting signed up.

How to sign up mobile app version and desktop version.


Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bank Draft Sign-Up Competition & Prizes
Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions

1. No Purchase or Entry Fee Required.

2. Timing. The Bank Draft Sign-Up Competition & Prizes (“Promotion”) begins at 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 1, 2020, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2020 (the “Promotion Period”).

3. Overview. This promotion is a submission contest solely intended for members of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“Cooperative”) who currently are not registered for Bank Draft but who register for Bank Draft during the Promotion Period. Interested parties (the “Entrant” or “Submitter”) may be:

a)     an individual member of the Cooperative (“Entrant”), or

b)     an individual member entering on behalf of a legally-registered organization or association that is a member of the Cooperative (“Submitter”).

Entrants and/or Submitters may sign up for Bank Draft, and ten randomly selected Entrants will be awarded a $50.00 (USD) bill credit on their next bill from the Cooperative.

4. To Enter. Entrants and/or Submitters may enter online by visiting MyEnergy Online to sign up in the member portal; by filling out the online interest form or by calling us at 843.369.2211 during regular business hours. Entrants and/or Submitters must enter only one submission. Entries submitted in violation of the contest entry rules will not be considered [be void]. All entries become the property of the Cooperative and will not be returned. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2020, the official end date of the Promotion Period.

5. Eligibility. Entrant and/or Submitter must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry, and the Entrant and/or Submitter must be a member of the Cooperative.  The following are not eligible to participate: a) officers, directors, and employees of the Cooperative; and b) the immediate family members (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses) of Cooperative employees and household members with whom they may reside (whether related or not); existing members of the Cooperative who are currently registered for Bank Draft; members with poor credit. This Promotion is void outside of South Carolina and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

6. Judging Criteria. Ten winners will be randomly drawn from all properly submitted entries on May 1, 2020.

7. Prize Awarding. The ten winners will be randomly selected and announced on or about May 4, 2020 from among all eligible entries received. The ten winners will be notified in writing that the credit has been applied to their respective accounts.

8. Prizes/Odds. There will be ten (10) prizes awarded: ten $50.00 (USD) statement credits on the member’s next bill from the Cooperative. Odds of winning will be based on a random drawing from the total group of eligible submissions.

9. Terms/Conditions.

a)     By submitting an entry, Entrant warrants and represents that he/she is a member of a South Carolina Electric Cooperative;
b)     By submitting an entry, Submitter warrants and represents that he/she registered a legally-registered organization or association that is a member of the Cooperative;
c)     The Cooperative reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time in the event the Cooperative determines, in its sole discretion, that the submission is inappropriate, not in keeping with Cooperative’s image, or that an Entrant or Submitter has not otherwise complied with these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions;
d)     By claiming a prize, the winner agrees that the Cooperative, and its officers, employees, members, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies, [do not have any] have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind related to participation in this Promotion, or from acceptance or use/misuse of any prize offered;
e)     Acceptance of a prize shall constitute the winner’s agreement that the Cooperative or its agent(s) may use and/or display the winner’s name, address (city, state only), likeness, entry (and content) and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes, without further consideration, except where prohibited by law;
f)     You agree to release Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platform and acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platform;
g)     All taxes on prizes (if applicable) are the sole responsibility of the winner;
h)     Prizes are not transferable or assignable, except to a surviving spouse, or at the sole discretion of the Cooperative.

10. Direct Marketing. By entering the Promotion, Entrant acknowledges that he/she may receive various marketing or other information from the Cooperative or its affiliated member electric cooperatives regarding their products or services. If an Entrant does not desire to receive this information, an Entrant may opt out by calling 843.369.2211 or emailing Service@horryelectric.com

11. Sponsor. Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2774 Cultra Road, Conway, SC 29526.

Void outside of South Carolina and wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

Remember to #ThankALineworker in April

Lineworker Appreciation Day pic for blogLineworkers serve on the frontlines of our nation’s energy needs, and on April 13, 2020, Horry Electric, along with other electric cooperatives across the country, will honor the brave men and women who work hard to keep the lights on. We will also celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18.

Line crews work 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year. They work around the clock, sometimes in difficult and dangerous conditions, to keep power flowing to our local communities. Whether they’re restoring power after a major storm or maintaining critical infrastructure to our electric system, lineworkers are at the heart of our cooperative.

When a storm hits, they set aside their personal priorities because Mother Nature doesn’t work around holidays, vacations or birthdays. A service-oriented mentality is one of the many admirable characteristics of an electric lineworker.

Horry Electric is proud to honor over 60 lineworkers that maintain over 5,200 miles of power lines across our service territory of Horry County.

To honor them, Horry Electric will be posting some of their faces across our social media platforms! You’ll see pictures of our linemen in their work atmosphere, but you’ll also get to see some fun pictures! Lineworkers are truly a group of people who genuinely love what they do.

We invite all co-op members to take a moment and thank a lineworker for the important work they do. As much as our lineworkers would love to give you a high five or a fist bump, we ask that you keep social distancing in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, honk your horn the next time you drive past a line crew working or roll your window down and yell “hello!”

On April 13 and April 18, you can use #ThankALineworker on social media to show your support for the brave men and women who power our lives.

Six ways to make your home office energy efficient

Home Office Energy Efficient_article imageWorking from home, even on a temporary basis, may increase your energy use. It means that you’re spending more time using a computer, lights and other appliances at home, instead of in your workplace. By improving the energy efficiency of your home office equipment, you can save on energy costs without hampering your productivity.

  1. Make sure computers and other office equipment are turned OFF when they’re not in use for an extended period of time.
  2. Many electronic devices continue to use standby power even after they’re turned off. Connect your office equipment to an advanced power strip, which will automatically shut off power to unused devices.
  3. Set office equipment, such as printers and scanners, to automatically switch to sleep mode when not in use. In addition to saving energy, the equipment will stay cooler, which will help to extend its useful life.
  4. Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop. Laptops use less than one-third of the energy that a typical desktop computer uses.
  5. Adjust the thermostat to the unoccupied setting. This avoids wasting energy by conditioning the entire house while you’re occupying only a small portion of it. Consider using a ceiling fan to maintain comfort. You can reverse its direction to clockwise in the winter, which pushes warm air down. In the summer, set the direction to counterclockwise.
  6. Use task lighting with energy-efficient lamps. A desk lamp uses less energy than whole-room lighting.

When purchasing new office equipment, make sure it’s ENERGY STAR® qualified. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy than standard models. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every home office product purchased in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR qualified, Americans would save an estimated $75 million a year in energy costs.

If you have any questions about how much energy you’re using or if you need to talk to someone about your Horry Electric bill, call (843) 369-2211 and press “5” to speak to one of our Trusted Energy Advisors or email them at EnergyAdvisor@horryelectric.com.

You can also monitor your energy use through the MyEnergy Online portal on our website.