Santee Cooper Unveils 'Smart Energy Homes Program' to Help Customers Reduce the Use of Electricity and Save Money Through Lower Home Energy Costs

Santee Cooper - 11.02.2009

Santee Cooper today unveiled its ‘Smart Energy Homes Program’, the next phase of its multiyear “Reduce the Use South Carolina” campaign aimed at substantially reducing the use of electricity and improving energy efficiency among its 163,000 direct serve residential and commercial customers through rebates and new initiatives.

The Smart Energy Homes Program is comprised of two major categories: one geared toward new homes; the other, existing homes. For new homes, there are two levels of participation:

• ENERGY STAR® New Homes - 15% more efficient than 2006 IECC code with a rebate of $1,600 to the builder

• Smart Energy New Homes – 10% more efficient than 2006 IECC code with a rebate of $1,000 to the builder

For existing homes, there is one level of participation:

• Smart Energy Existing Homes - qualifying energy efficiency improvements with a rebate of $600 to the homeowner

“We created the Smart Energy Homes Program to help customers save money on their power bill while making their home more comfortable to live in,” said Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. “Through this new rebate program, we’re taking energy savings to the next level with enhanced energy efficiency standards that truly build in Corporate Communications & Media Relations •1 Riverwood Dr. • Moncks Corner, SC • 29461 • Fax -843-761-7060 value for our residential customers who are buying new homes or upgrading their existing home.”

Replacing the Good Cents Home Program, the Smart Energy Homes Program provides significant rebates to both homeowners and homebuilders. Only one rebate will be paid per qualified unit.

For the ENERGY STAR® New Home rebate, the new home must meet the national ENERGY STAR® guidelines (15 percent more efficient than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code), have a 14 SEER minimum for Heat Pumps and include all electric appliances. If the new home qualifies for ENERGY STAR® , Santee Cooper will pay $1,600 to the builder at the time the home qualifies for the rebate.

New homes that do not earn the ENERGY STAR® may qualify for the Smart Energy New Homes rebate if it is 10 percent more efficient than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, has a 14 SEER minimum for heat pumps and includes all electric appliances. For a home that meets the Smart Energy New Home standards, Santee Cooper will pay $1,000 to the homebuilder at the time the home qualifies for the rebate.

For Smart Energy Existing Homes, Santee Cooper is offering rebates to homeowners who install certain ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances and makes approved energy efficient improvements. Homeowners who meet the existing home qualifications will receive a $600 rebate paid by Santee Cooper at the time the home qualifies. Customers can also apply for a low-interest Smart Energy Loan to finance these improvements.

“We are committed to reducing our state’s overall energy consumption and helping protect the environment,” said Marc Tye, vice president of conservation and renewable energy. “By building in energy savings to new and existing homes, customers will be using energy more wisely today and in the future.”

Santee Cooper’s comprehensive “Reduce the Use South Carolina” energy efficiency campaign includes a total of 42 energy efficiency initiatives to help achieve the energy efficiency portion, or 209 million kilowatt-hour savings annually, of its 2020 goal. That 2020 goal states the utility will generate 40 percent of its energy from non-greenhouse gas emitting resources, biomass fuels, conservation and energy efficiency by that year.

As part of the campaign, several incentive programs were launched in September 2009, including a Refrigerator Rebate initiative that provides rebates for businesses and homeowners to replace their older residential type refrigerators with more efficient ENERGY STAR ® qualified models and to recycle older working refrigerators, and a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb distribution initiative for residential and commercial customers.

Additional energy efficient initiatives will be announced throughout 2010 and 2011. To learn more about how to participate in the Smart Energy Homes Program and other energy efficient initiatives and rebates, visit

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer, supplying electricity to more than 163,000 retail customers in Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry counties, as well as to 29 large industrial facilities, the cities of Bamberg and Georgetown, and the Charleston Air Force Base. Santee Cooper also generates the power distributed by the state’s 20 electric cooperatives to more than 700,000 customers in all 46 counties. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians receive their power directly or indirectly from Santee Cooper. The utility also provides water to 137,000 consumers in Berkeley and Dorchester counties, and the town of Santee. For more information, visit


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