SCE&G Urging Customers to Reduce Energy Use During Winter Weather

January 2, 2018, 11:43 am EST | Share:

CAYCE, SC (WTAT-TV) — With the threat of winter precipitation looming over the Lowcountry this week, officials with South Carolina Electric and Gas urge customers to reduce energy usage.

They say extreme cold temperatures in the area can put a strain on the company’s electricity system.

“We expect the demand for power to be extremely high over the next several days,” said Keller Kissam, President of SCE&G. “As a precautionary measure, we are asking customers to voluntarily reduce energy consumption, especially in the early morning hours (6 to 9 a.m.), to help ensure the continued reliable supply of electricity.”

Residential and business customers can reduce demands on the electric system by following these tips:

– Turn off all but essential internal and external lights.
– Unplug non-essential appliances and devices.
– Set thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.
– Ensure HVAC vents are open and unobstructed.
– Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers.

Customers may report power outages to SCE&G online by going to, through their mobile device at, or by calling 1-888-333-4465.