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Are portable space heaters efficient for my home?

December 27, 2021

Small space heaters are meant to do exactly as their name says: heat a small space. Unfortunately, many people use portable space heaters to heat their entire home, which can really take a toll on your energy bills. The truth is, whether or not you should use space heaters really depends on your home’s efficiency […]Read more

Be energy efficient this winter

November 2, 2021

Did you know? The greater the difference between the temperature outside and the thermostat setting inside, the harder your heating system will work and the more electricity it will use, even if you don’t change the thermostat setting. This is especially true for homes that don’t have enough insulation, homes with single-paned or aluminum-framed windows, […]Read more

Who’s your energy advisor?

July 1, 2021

At South Central Power, you've got a personal energy advisor!Read more

How does cold weather affect your bill?

December 7, 2020

It takes more energy to heat your home when the temperature drops. The greater the difference between the temperature outside and the thermostat setting inside, the harder your heating system will work and the more energy it will use, even if you don’t turn the thermostat higher. This is especially true for homes that don’t […]Read more

The dreaded vampire loads

October 2, 2017

Perhaps you are familiar with an undesirable aspect of the electronic revolution: vampire loads. Vampire loads come from devices that use electricity even when they appear to be off. The primary culprits are chargers, set-top television boxes, instant-on televisions, and gaming systems. There are others, but these four represent the major offenders. Let’s look at […]Read more

Not all air filters are created equal

September 15, 2017

Forced air heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems require effective air filtration for optimum energy efficiency and maintaining clean(ish) ductwork and good indoor air quality. Air filters should be changed regularly. How often they need changing depends upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: Presence of pets that shed Amount of carpeted […]Read more

Efficient kitchen lighting

September 15, 2017

Kitchen sizes, styles and configurations have changed dramatically through the years. As consumer lifestyles and tastes have changed, kitchen lighting has evolved to reflect these shifts. In the past, a simple florescent ring placed in the center of the ceiling operated by a single switch was the norm for a typical American kitchen. Now, the […]Read more

High bill, empty home?

August 7, 2017

Give your home’s energy use a vacation while you’re away Going on vacation? Even if you plan to be away just a few days, you can save energy in your home when you travel. Here are some tips for returning home to a low energy bill. Water heater. Turn down the temperature, so it doesn’t […]Read more

The path to efficiency independence

June 29, 2017

While fireworks and Independence Day parades are synonymous with the Fourth of July, no such fanfare comes to mind when discussing energy efficiency. Perhaps it should. If you think about it, energy efficiency not only benefits individuals and families, but the country as a whole. Energy efficiency, combined with energy conservation and advances in technology […]Read more

Efficiency tips for outdoor shops and barns

April 25, 2017

There are many benefits to having an energy efficient outdoor shop or barn. Aside from saving energy, an efficient outdoor building can keep the environment around your structure healthy and safe; save money on your water bill; keep your animals happier and healthier; and save you from costly structural repairs. Whether you are looking to […]Read more