Home Energy Use
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends $1,300 a year on home energy bills, and some of that energy is wasted. Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units are inefficient, windows leak conditioned air, and appliances devour energy.
For more information on conserving energy and saving money on energy costs, visit our savings section, where you can find helpful tips for all seasons, an online energy audit, and much more.
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Solar communities are a group of solar panels kept at one location. They offer members a solar energy option. This means members get a credit on their bill for the solar energy generated without needing to have equipment attached to their home.
As a trusted source for reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity for more than 75 years, Laurens Electric Cooperative and South Carolina’s 19 other independent, member-owned and not-for-profit electric co-ops developed MySCsolar.com to help members make informed decisions about investing in solar power, proper installation and safety.
Get information about solar basics, finding a contractor, installation, financing and tax incentives.
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MySCsolar.com includes information about finding an experienced, certified contractor to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a Do the Math page that gives tips to size a PV system for a home, information about financing and tax incentives and a calculator to determine estimated costs and savings. Other sections include a Final Checklist & Questions and provide information about Energy Storage and interconnect requirements and applications.
Visit the site now to get started.
If a member decides to purchase a renewable power system for their home, the process to interconnect that system with Laurens Electric is as follows: The member must agree to meet the Laurens Electric’s standards for interconnection.
Once the member agrees to meet those standards the next step is for the member to submit an interconnection application with $100 application fee.
Once Laurens Electric approves the interconnection application, next the member will sign an interconnection agreement with Laurens Electric and then be able to move forward with the installation of the renewable power system.
After installation, once the system is certified, Laurens Electric will complete the interconnection.
Finally, the member will then be set up with net metering.
For more information or questions about interconnection, please call or e-mail Jim Donahoo at 864.683.1630.
With the option of purchasing Green Power, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc. customers can now directly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere.
Green Power is electricity generated from a renewable resource, in this case a landfill that converts methane gas into electric power. The methane gas that would normally be released into the atmosphere – gases that possibly contribute to global warming – will be used as “green power” fuel.
An additional investment in $6 per month on your electric bill for one year buys enough Green Power to equal the environment benefits of not driving your vehicle for three months (EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator using 200 kWh/month for the state of South Carolina). By participating in the Green Power program, you not only ensure its success now, but FOR many generations to come. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Green Power.
Green Power Pricing
• 100 kWh/1 Block: $3.00 per month
• 200 kWh/ 2 Block $6.00 per month
• 300 kWh/ 3 Block $9.00 per month
There are no restrictions on buying additional blocks. Each additional block costs $3.00.
To sign up for Green Power click here and transform a harmful waste by-product into an environmentally beneficial fuel source for providing electricity. For more information, e-mail or call Laurens Electric at 800-942-3141.
We want to help you use electricity safely and efficiently, which in turn helps keep your power bill lower. Laurens Electric’s web site has an extensive collection of safety and savings tips, links, and resources.
101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money
Download our “101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money” brochure for low-cost/no-cost, easy ways to save energy and money.
Together We Save
Our Energy Library features hundreds of photos, illustrations and diagrams to help customers learn more about residential energy efficiency for both existing homes and new construction.
Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver is designed to help customers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The online audit quickly computes a home’s energy use on-line based on methods developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much emissions can be reduced by implementing energy-efficiency improvements. Users can begin the process by simply entering their zip code, and in turn receive instant initial estimates. By providing more information about the home, the user will receive increasingly customized results along with energy-saving upgrade recommendations.
Residential Service Energy Star Schedule
Attainable by new or existing homes, the requirements to qualify for the energy efficiency rate are set by Energy Star at energystar.gov. Members must get a HERS (Home Energy Efficiency Rating System) certified contractor to certify that the home meets Energy Star requirements (a HERS rating of 85 or less) to qualify for this rate. Learn More »
We’ve helped power up a Web site full of educational tools for teachers and fun learning experiences for students. Cooperatives want to help teachers and students learn about producing electricity with renewable sources that are environmentally responsible and economically reasonable. PalmettoPower.com includes activities, lesson plans and materials about electricity and energy that correspond with the S.C. Department of Education standards for science.
Everything you could ever want to know about energy, it’s history and how it works.
The Residential Service Energy Star Schedule “RES” became available to Laurens Electric Cooperative members December 1, 2010.
There are two different charges within the rate; one for a standard residential service, and the other for all electric residential service.
The new Energy Star rate (RES) provides a separate energy efficiency rate for members with standard residential service (members with gas service). The requirements to qualify for the energy efficiency rate are set by Energy Star at energystar.gov, and will not require Laurens Electric to do an on-site visit to certify. Members must get a HERS (Home Energy Efficiency Rating System) certified contractor to certify that the home meets Energy Star requirements (a HERS rating of 85 or less).
LEC’s rate is attainable for customers with existing homes. All co-op members who have a HERS rating of 85 or less qualify regardless of an Energy Star label.
The average cost for a member to get a HERS certified rater to rate their home is the following:
New Home: $400 to $500
Existing Home: $600 to $800
If the home does not meet the HERS rating of 85 or less, the HERS rater will provide a list of things homeowners can do to reach a rating of 85.
Everything members need to know about qualifying for the Energy Star rate, including a list of HERS certified contractors is located at www.energystar.gov.
Receive cash back through our Home Rewards Program!
Cash back, improved comfort and lower energy bills…. Now those are rewards you can appreciate. Through our Home Rewards program, residential members receive cash back for making energy-efficiency improvements to their homes.
We will begin accepting Home Rewards applications February 1, 2017. Eligible upgrades must have been performed on or after January 1, 2017. Limit one submission per category.
What is the Home Rewards Program?
Home Rewards gives you cash back to help you save money on your energy bills, make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient. These incentives help offset the cost of improvements.
Who qualifies for these incentives?
Residential members of Laurens Electric Cooperative who live in single-family homes. Multi-family homes, condominiums and apartments are not eligible.
Which energy-efficient improvements qualify?
An incentive of $225 is earned by upgrading to a high-efficiency HVAC unit. The new unit must meet minimum requirements and be installed by a licensed S.C. mechanical contractor.
HVAC Rewards funds have been depleted for 2016.
Sealing and Insulating Ductwork:
An incentive of $200 is earned by improving the energy-efficiency of your heating and cooling system’s ductwork. Eligibility requirements must be met and contractors performing the work must be certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) or the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization.
Increasing Attic Insulation:
An incentive of $300 is earned by improving the energy-efficiency on your attic by sealing and increasing insulation. Eligibility requirements must be met and contractors performing the work must be certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) or the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization.
Installing a Dual-fuel Heat Pump:
An incentive of $500 is earned by installing a dual-fuel heat pump. The new unit must meet minimum requirements and be installed by a licensed S.C. mechanical contractor.
How do I get started?
Download a rebate application or call (800) 942-3141 for more information. Once your improvements are complete, you’ll have 30 days to submit your rebate application along with documentation that requirements were met.