Columbia, SC (WLTX) - SCE&G says the extreme cold led them to set an all-time record single day record for power usage.
The record was set Tuesday, when the Midlands saw low temperatures in the teens and highs that only reached 30 degrees. The company says people consumed 101,118 megawatts of electricity in a 24-hour period.
The old record was 98,785, set on August 10, 2007.
The record came even as the company had mechanical problems at some substations that led to a brief period of rolling blackouts. Previous Coverage: Rolling Blackout System Forces Power Outages
SCE&G says people can hold down their heating costs by following these tips.
• set thermostats to 68°F or lower (each degree higher can significantly increase heating costs)
• open blinds and shades during the day to let sunshine in
• check air filters monthly and change when dirty
• caulk around windows, replace old weather stripping around doors to keep cold air out
• periodically check your ductwork for leaks or tears and repair as necessary.
For additional energy efficiency tips and other resources, visit www.sceg.com/energytips.