Arctic blast sets new power use record for SCE&G

CAYCE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two days of record cold temperatures across South Carolina led to SCE&G seeing a new record set for power usage in a single day, officials announced Wednesday.

According to SCE&G, 101,118 megawatt hours were used in a 24-hour period. The previous record was 98,785 megawatt hours set in the summer of 2007.

The increased usage also means higher bills for customers.

Officials made several recommendation to help keep energy costs low in the winter, including setting thermostats to 68 degrees or below, opening blinds to let sunshine in during the day, checking and changing air filters, and caulking around windows and doors to keep cold air out.

"With therecent spell of cold weather and the resulting increase in demand forelectricity, we realize we'll have some customers who will find it a hardshipto pay their bills," said Molly Morris, general manager of customer service forSCE&G.{} "We offer a number ofprograms designed to provide options for customers to pay their bills.Customers who need special assistance can call us or come into one of ourbusiness offices and talk with us face-to-face."

SCE&G also encourages customerswith high-bill concerns to call its customer service center at 800-251-7234 andspeak with a representative before their payment is due.

Tuesday was also a busy day for SCE&G repair crews. At one point during the day, there were more than 35,000 customers without power across the Lowcountry.

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