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SCE&G reports record high power usage

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - With the recent rash of cold nights, you may be bracing yourself for your next power bill.

SCE&G told WIS News 10 it set an all time record on power usage because of the cold stretch. But it is offering some tips to help you lower you bill. It suggests keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. "A lot of folks, when they leave home for extended amounts of time, they tend to drop that thermostat down," said Eric Boomhower of SCE&G, "And that's fine, maybe 6 or 7 degrees. But when you come back, don't crank it back up to 68, 70. Take it up one degree at a time so your heat strips don't kick in on your heat pump."

Those heat strips make your bill go up. To get an explanation on why your bill will likely go up this week and how to minimize it, you can catch our entire interview with Boomhower by clicking the above video.

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