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June edition of South Carolina Living is available online; due in mailboxes soon

The June 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month, but it’s available online NOW!june2015horrycover

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column: In case you missed it: quorum met; successful event
  • Horry News: Horry Electric guys rocked at Lineworker Rodeo; HEC Youth Tour delegation 2015; Making additions to your home? Include us in your plans!
  •  WIRE, Horry knitters help displaced seniors get cozy again
  • A fresh crop of Young Farmers
  • Co-op Connections: Skip on over to Skip’s Grill and chill out!


Other highlights from the magazine include: 

South Carolina Living for February 2015 packed with news and information

febsclcoverThe February 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will  be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month,  but you can view it online NOW!

HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Always call before you dig: Projects big or small; make sure you call
  • Operation Round Up Report: HEC members generously helped 208 neighbors in need with $54,000 in aid during 2014
  • WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship deadline is June 1
  • In Burgess, memories of another time – Mules and oxen helped bring co-op power to the Freewoods, member says
  • She ‘loved everything on the farm’ – except for one thing – Annie Plowden remembers growing up on her family’s farm in Burgess’ Freewoods
  • Right back where he started He followed opportunity up North, then followed his instincts back to Burgess – and farming – featuring Cad Holmes. 

January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living packed with news and information

januarycoverscl2015The January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!

Horry Electric Cooperative local content includes :

  • CEO Column  – Resolve to modify energy use
  • Two opportunities for high school students! Juniors may apply for Youth Tour 2015 (deadline 2/27) and Seniors may apply for the $1500 WIRE scholarship (deadline 3/1)!
  • Co-op Connections® Feature: Heating and air and savings to spare, just for co-op members!
  • Hooray for Hollywood! A touch of Tinseltown in Tabor City helped their teen romance take root in Green Sea
  • Authors share an easy-flowing tale of two rivers –

Other January 2015 highlights available online:

January bills include Current Word

HEC Winter 15 winter New Current Word_Page_1When members open their billing statement from Horry Electric this month, they’re  going to find the Winter 2015 edition of Current Word, which is published periodically by the Cooperative as a supplement to other communications outlets.

Our  mobile apps are featured  in the Winter 2015 edition of Current Word.  Members will also find information about:

  • Convenient payment options
  • Local Pay Stations
  • An opportunity to get a $50 electric bill credit
  • Touchstone Energy ® Home Efficiency Analysis Tool
  • PLUS, tips on ways to lower energy costs as the temperature drops





Have you winterized your home?

We’re expecting freezing temperatures through the night and into the morning.  If you haven’t already, there is no time like the present to winterize your home to save energy and money. Horry Electric offers these tips to help conserve electricity and heat, as well as your time and money!

  • Add weather-stripping around doors and windows.
  • Caulk around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors. Do this before cold weather because many types of caulk will not cure if installed in cold temperatures.
  • Insulate hot-water pipes in unheated spaces, such as attic or crawl space.
  • Make sure all of your light bulbs are energy-efficient CFLs. This will allow you to keep them turned on longer as the days grow shorter and use 75% less energy.
  • Use exterior caulk to seal all gaps and cracks around fixtures, openings, door and window frames.
  • Let the sunshine – and its warmth – in by opening drapes during the day. Close the drapes at night to help insulate the house from the cooler outside air.
  • During cool weather, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night or when leaving home for an extended time.
  • Replace broken window panes and seal window cracks. A small crack around windows and doors can cause a complete change of inside and outside air in the home every hour.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use. For safety, be sure the fire is out and the ashes are cold before closing the damper. Consider installing a glass door since the fireplace is a major source of heat loss in the home.
  • Wood stoves or fireplaces need maintenance to burn cleanly. Improper venting can cause serious heat loss and could lead to fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Change your filters regularly – once a month for standard fiberglass filters, every two or three months for newer, pleated filters. Dirty filters hamper air flow and overwork the blower.

If meters could talk

Horry Electric meters keep track of  electricity as it is being used. Members can read their meter each day to keep track or they can sign in to MyEnergy Online.

I’ve been accused of everything in the book.  Some say I run when nothing is operating in the house. Others say I make too much noise. Some even believe I run at outrageous speeds.

I’m really a very capable guy. I am one of the most accurate measuring devices in modern times. I work day and night, and I don’t have any type of feelings (good or bad) toward anyone.

I only do my job of keeping track of how much electricity is used. Sometimes because of a loose seal around my face, I get dirty and begin to slow down because of the added weight of the dirt. Once in a while, I get struck by lightning and stop dead.

I just can’t understand it. My cousin (a gasoline meter) never gets blamed for poor gasoline mileage in the family car. Maybe it is because I’m keeping track of something that you can’t really see or smell.  Plus, I’m registering what is being used and, unless you’re on the Advance Pay program,  a bill for the services goes out after the fact. My cousin requires payment up front and then you can use the gas he dispenses.

Some families use more hot water, cook more and entertain more. Some people take showers, others tub baths – and some only take them once a week or less. Others have only one hot meal a day and some have as many as three hot meals, which uses more electricity.

Even if all the appliances in homes were exactly the same, people’s living habits would make the difference. Don’t get me started on bad house wiring – which makes me run at terrific speed.

Sometimes, I’m really depressed. I work tirelessly and I do a good job. Still, I’m the object of a lot of criticism. But, when most people think it over, they usually begin to realize that I do my job well and that electricity is the cheapest servant to be found.

myenergyonlinehomepagegraphicI’m not a crook at all. I only record the amount of work being done by the electronics plugged in and being used in and around my place.  If you really want to see the impact those things have on me, come out and read me each day.  Better yet, sign up for MyEnergy Online.    

I can’t really talk, but I can communicate and have a lot of information to share with you about your individual energy use through MyEnergy Online. You’ll be able to watch my activity daily; get historical billing data and take a look at the energy use history for your home.  You can even analyze your bill and get energy tips and sign up for a variety of alerts, including a ‘high use’ alert that can be delivered by text, email or push notification!  MyEnergy Online is a free service and you’ll be amazed at the information I can provide to help you save energy and some money.

Questions about how to get signed up to keep an eye on me with MyEnergy Online?  Call 843.369.2211.

Get credit for helping us take a load off!

HEC Load Management  4x3 5 rev2 (3)We have a new program! 

Effective immediately, members who agree to allow Horry Electric  to install a load management device on a qualifying, minimum 50 gallon electric water heater, will get a one-time $50 electric bill credit!

Qualifying water heaters can be no older than 5 years of age and must meet ASHRAE Standard 90 or the National Appliance Efficiency Standard (NAES).

Enrollment in the H2O Load Management program is easy.  “Members who want to take part in the new program will need to complete and sign an enrollment form and, in signing the form, give permission to Horry Electric have an approved contractor install a load management device on any qualifying water heaters in their home,” says Penelope Hinson, spokesperson for Horry Electric Cooperative. “One of our approved contractors or one of our energy management representatives will review the enrollment form, which includes confirming the age of the water heater,” she continues. “After everything is confirmed, an HEC approved contractor will install the switch and then a credit of $50 per switch will be applied to the member’s account.”

The one-time $50 electric bill credit applies to each switch installed in the home.  “If a member has two water heaters that qualify for the program, the contractor will install two switches and the member will get a $100 electric bill credit,” says Hinson.

Switch installations must comply with all local and state plumbing, as well as National Electric Code (NEC) specifications.

H2O Load Management Enrollment Form

What is Load Management? 

Load Management uses a small control switch which interrupts power to an appliance or motor.  This switch is connected to your appliance. Through operation of the switch, Horry Electric is able to take the load of the appliance off of the system  for short periods of time during peak hours of energy use.

Will I be inconvenienced?

No.  Members who participate in load management programs rarely notice the switch has operated. The reserve in the water heater tank should supply plenty of hot water during the time a water heater is cycled off.

Does this program lower my monthly electric bill? 

Our load management program does not reduce the direct cost of your monthly electric bill. It does, however, reduce the amount of kilowatt-hours purchased by Horry Electric during peak times of energy use. This helps Horry Electric keep rates down. Power purchased during peak hours is expensive.

Why does load management make sense? 

Everyone wins when electricity is used efficiently. Participating members win because they are proactively helping control future power costs.  On top of that, they get an immediate one-time $50 electric bill credit,   Horry Electric wins because we’re able to take the load of the water heater off of the system, which reduces the amount of electricity used during peak hours. This saves kilowatt demand charges on the power bill, which can significantly reduce the cost of purchasing power, which benefits all members.

Who will install the switch?
Horry Electric has a list of qualified, approved contractors who are responsible for switch installations.

How long will the installation take? Will I need to be at home?
The installation should not take longer than an hour. For the installation of a water heater switch,  an appointment is necessary. If you are having more than one switch installed the entire installation will take longer than an hour.

If I need service, maintenance or replacement of my water heater, what should I do?

You will need to make the service technician aware that you are participating in the  load management program so they do  not inadvertently disconnect the switch. Ask the technician to call Horry Electric if they have questions. In addition to keeping a list of approved contractors to install the switches, we keep a list of  approved contractors who are qualified plumbing contractors.

What if I move or sell my home?
Please let the new renter/owner know about the switch and that you are participating in the load management program. We will be glad to answer any question(s) the new renter/owner may have about our program.