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WHAT’S THE HOT TICKET THIS SUMMER? LOWER ENERGY COSTS

SUMMER’S HERE and the time is right to Beat the Peak.  Members of Palmetto Electric Cooperative can help.  Beat the Peak is a free and voluntary effort to help control energy costs for all cooperative members. And now is the time for all members to get involved.

“We’re approaching peak cooling season, so together, our participating Beat the Peak members can make a real difference,” says co-op VP, Marketing & Public Relations, Tray Hunter.

Through Beat the Peak, co-op members receive alerts asking them to reduce their energy use during critical periods when wholesale electricity prices spike, known in the utility industry as “peak demand.” Peaks occur during times when many people need electricity at once. In the summertime, when air-conditioning use rises, that’s in the afternoon.  While the rates members pay for co-op power are fixed, their co-op may face higher costs for electricity purchased during peak-use times—costs ultimately shared by all members. Beat the Peak can lower peak power costs.

On the website EnergySmartSC.org, members can sign up to receive Beat the Peak alerts by text message, email or phone call.

During a Beat the Peak period, which typically lasts a few hours, participating members will be encouraged to reduce use of power-intensive activities. These are a few of the actions members can take during cooling season:

• Adjust thermostats higher by 3 degrees during summer afternoons and evenings
• Delay activities that require hot water, such as washing clothes, taking showers, or washing dishes
• Postpone using heavy appliances, like clothes dryers, dishwashers and ovens.

“We are not asking our members to totally stop using certain appliances,” Hunter notes. “We want to get them to shift their use to different hours of the day to help hold down everyone’s costs.”

In addition to Beat the Peak, Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers the H2O Select water heater program, with incentives to help save electricity by operating only during off-peak hours. Visit Palmetto.coop to learn more.  Look under Residential programs, then Energy Efficiency.

For program details, visit EnergySmartSC.org.

PALMETTO STUDENTS TOUR WASHINGTON, D.C.

South Carolina’s Washington Youth Tour students, including five representatives from Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s service area, had a fun-filled week in Washington D.C., June 15-20. Students spent their time touring historical sites, meeting their legislators and learning how cooperatives are affected by government. Most of all, they had a great time meeting other students from cooperativesContinue Reading

KIDS CAN LEARN TO “PLAY IT SAFE” WITH LINNY AND FRIENDS

OUR SAFETY MASCOT, Linny the Lineman, returns with his free summer day camps in July.  Linny and friends will teach children ages 6–11 safety skills in two events scheduled for July 10 and 15: Ridgeland Safety Days Wednesday, July 10 Jasper County Boys and Girls Club Hampton Safety Days Monday, July 15 Hampton County RecreationContinue Reading

LINEMAN’S RODEO – HONING THEIR SKILLS

Palmetto Electric’s Journeyman Lineman Team of Tarl Graham, Kurt Brunn and Thomas Scacchi placed second in the Knots and Cross Arm Lift for their division at the S.C. Lineman’s Rodeo March 15-16 in Florence. Lineworkers from 19 co-ops participated in the skills competition. The rodeo emphasizes the value of training and safety, which improves efficiencyContinue Reading

A NEW PEAK

WAY COOL!  More than 26,150 members of electric cooperatives around South Carolina have signed up to help their co-ops Beat the Peak and reduce power costs for everyone. Now, Palmetto Electric and the 17 other S.C. cooperatives that launched Beat the Peak in 2016 have a new goal—to reach 35,000 subscriptions in 2019.  A freeContinue Reading

AFTER SAVING MEMBERS $3.14 MILLION, PROGRAM GETS EVEN BETTER

CO-OP CONNECTIONS, Palmetto Electric’s discount card program, has saved members about $3.14 million on prescriptions since 2009—yet the program is more valuable than ever.  If you still have it, your free Co-op Connections card is still good. But now there’s a better option—an app. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the nationwide alliance that assist member co-ops like PalmettoContinue Reading

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH UP TO $5,000 AND $3,000 A YEAR AVAILABLE The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15, for the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) Scholarships, which are worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year for qualifed students.  PET, the volunteer board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up, established the scholarships to assist qualifed studentsContinue Reading