Cold WeatherThe largest portion of your electric utility bill is from heating and cooling. See Weatherization for more info. Here are some cold weather tips and resources:
- Weatherization - Insulation, caulking, weatherstripping can cut heating costs up to 35%. See Weatherization
- Set thermostat at 68, close off unused rooms and make sure vents or radiators aren't blocked. Thermostat Setting Chart
- Open curtains on sunny days to let the heat in.
- Use fluorescent or LED light bulbs - they use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer.
- Turn off lights and televisions in empty rooms.
- Energy Depot - online resources to help answer your energy questions.
- Kid's "Korner" - Learn about energy, conservation and safety.
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Customers can schedule a one-on-one consultation to review their account and learn how they can make their home more energy efficient. Call Accounts Management at 803-329-8729.
Warm WeatherRock Hill Utilities has some helpful tips to keep you cool indoors during the warm weather season without costing you extra dollars:
- To save on energy use, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible (72-78 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Use ceiling and stand-alone fans for cooling and air circulation.
- Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units - but do not block the system’s airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
- Check your home’s air duct system for leaks. Use UL rated duct tape to repair and seal duct holes and tears.
Water Conservation In the Home Be Water Wise! Faucet Facts to Save Money...
- The sewer portion of your bill is based on how much water you use. If your water consumption increases due to a leak, your water bill goes up AND your sewer bill goes up.
- A water leak in your water heater will increase your water bill and also increase your electric usage.
- A slow dripping faucet can waste more than 20 gallons of water a day and can increase your water bill.
- One washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons of water. One dish washer load uses 12 gallons of water. Wash full loads of clothes and dishes and you can save up to 300 gallons per week.
- Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth...this wastes up to 70 gallons per week.
- Repair leaky faucets, pipes and toilets.
Remember that your sewer bill is based on your water consumption, so by saving water, you’re also saving on sewer charges. By following these conservation steps, you can save nearly 4,000 gallons of water a month, which could save you more than $12 on your total utility bill.
In the Yard
People use more water during the Summer, to beat the heat and to keep their lawns and gardens looking beautiful. Since the demand for water grows in hot weather, it's the most important time to practice water conservation.
- Water your lawn when the sun is down and not on days that are windy.
- Remember to turn off your outside taps after you’ve watered the lawn.
- Plant flowers, shrubs and trees that need less water.
Visit the H2Ouse for a variety of helpful resources and ideas to conserve water and save money at your home, including the top 5 actions to save water and a water budget calculator.
To get more information about smart irrigation, see the Irrigation Association's Turf & Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices.