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Published on August 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SCE&G Hosts Empowerment Day Celebration

Pictured, Rev. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., Pastor, Brookland Baptist Church and Keller Kissam, SCE&G Retail president. Photos by Millennium Magazine

Community Works to Conserve Energy Leading to Savings

West Columbia, SC — Liz Deas didn’t realize just how much energy she was losing because her home was so poorly insulated.

“Most of my heat and air was going into the neighborhood through cracks around my windows and doors,” said Deas. “But now, I know better and my power bill is actually going down.”

Back in January, Deas and about 700 other families in West Columbia’s Brookland- Lakeview neighborhoods began working with SCE&G’s Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program to see what they could do to lower their power bills. Through the program, the utility provided a comprehensive energy conservation package that included an on-site home energy survey. Then they installed several low-cost energy saving measures like pipe insulation, electric water heater temperature adjustment, HVAC filters, Smart-Strip power strip and winterization kits for window/wall units. According to Deas and other families– they are seeing good results.

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SCE&G’s Elena Peterman, Cathy Love, John Tomat, Nicole McLean, Nikki Taylor

Recently, the community celebrated the success of SCE&G’s Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program by hosting Brookland- Lakeview Empowerment Day at the Brookland- Lakeview Empowerment Center located at 1218 Batchelor Street in West Columbia.. The celebration begins with a community breakfast, followed by interactive energy efficiency demonstrations and workshops. Representatives from SCE&G’s EnergyWise and customer assistance teams will also be on hand to answer questions.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Reverend Nikki Wilson, who is the community outreach minister at nearby Brookland Baptist Church. “Many who participated are hard working people with limited incomes, so when they started seeing reductions in their bills, it was very noticeable for them.”

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Gerald Freeman, Therese Griffin, SCE&G

“We offer a variety of choices for customers to manage their energy more efficiently and conveniently,” said Therese Griffin, manager of SCE&G’s energy efficiency programs. The results experienced by residents of the Brookland-Lakeview community are directly related to them making the choice to take charge of their energy by making adjustments,” she said.

SCE&G launched the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program in late 2013 to provide eligible neighborhoods with information about energy-efficiency measures that can translate to energy savings, including energy audits and energy-saving improvements at no additional cost. In 2014, the program served more than 1,300 households in neighborhoods throughout SCE&G’s territory, and SCE&G plans to reach an additional 1,400 homes by the end of this year.

Source: James Hardy, OnPoint Media L.L.C.

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