Air Conditioning is important during the current heat wave the Lowcountry is experiencing but increased usage can cause a strain on power companies.
The number one thing to keep in mind according to officials is that the systems are built to operate effectively in these high temperatures, so no power outages are expected.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative tells News 2, they are operating on a load management program to take some pressure off the power grids. Basically, some customers have agreed to have their water heater shut off during peak times.
As the power companies do their part to keep the power on, they want you to do yours. Things like, turning the thermostat up two degrees between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m., peak energy usage times.
Make sure to check air filters, keep HVAC vents and interior doors open to keep air flowing freely to and from the unit, have central heating and cooling serviced annually, set water heater to 120 degrees, unplug appliances, lights, televisions and computers when not in use also keep curtains/shades closed during sunny days to reduce radiant heat in home.
Lisa Stilley with Berkeley Electric Cooperative has this tip: “Put a fan on.. the fan will make you feel cooler because it evaporates the moisture off of your skin.. it doesn’t lower the temperature in the house.. but you feel more comfortable.. you’re able to get that same feeling, and save money while doing it!”
Another tip to save some cash on those energy bills, Berkeley Cooperative tells News 2 keep your thermostat at 78 degrees, the most cost efficient temperature.