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What Impact does Electricity have on Real Estate

As I learn more about electricity, I began to wonder, “What impact does energy efficiency have on home sales?” Stephanie Cauller of Hilton Head Home Group with RE/MAX Island Realty shared some observations from the South Carolina low country.…
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IMO - An Energy Educator Looks at Energy Technology

An occasional feature on Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is “In My Opinion” (IMO). We pose a set of customer-oriented questions to various people involved in the electric energy discipline. This column is from a discussion with Travis…
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A Leadership and Energy Opportunity - Another Angle on the SCE&G / Santee / Legislative Debate

What an opportunity! Members of the South Carolina Legislature meet the week of June 25 to discuss, and possibly start to resolve, the issues around SCE&G/Santee Cooper and the Summer nuclear units. This is a true dollars-and-cents-and-sense…
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The Calendar Says the Heat Is On - Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 is the start of summer. We can expect “famously hot” (as a Columbia slogan says) weather across the Carolinas.  WIST-TV, Columbia, even said, "Dangerous heat moves into the Midlands." WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham: "The first heat…
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Day in the Life

Do you know how much energy you use? Turns out, I didn’t and it is pretty useful to start learning. Do you know how much your energy use costs? Energy.gov has some answers. When I plugged in just my dryer usage, I realized I am spending…
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Why a Thunderstorm Knocks Out Power

There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. and about 10 percent reach severe levels. Bolts of lightning tear up the air to temperatures about five times hotter than the sun. Yet we rarely have power outages in our homes or businesses…
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Energy & Small Business Insights from Frank Knapp, South Carolina Small Business Chamber

Frank Knapp knows small business in South Carolina. So, as a lover of small business I am eager to learn what he has to say. Turns out he also shares my growing interest in energy, its sources, its costs, and its impact on small business.…
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Natural Gas and Our Power Portfolio

“Natural Gas Is King of America's Power Mix, for Now,” proclaimed Bloomberg News in mid-2017. That’s the way it has played out in the U.S. electric industry. Natural gas generation provides a lot of electricity to consumers. There’s…
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Old Tools / New Tools / E-Tools

Old tools are familiar and comfortable, but perhaps aren't the most efficient in a time when we are more productive with new technology. I learned that again recently as I hung a large, heavy, frameless bathroom mirror. Easily more than four…
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Storm Season 2018 - Start Your Engine!

Tropical storm season is just like the Memorial Day races in the Carolinas this year. They are starting at the same time. The official storm season is supposed to start June 1, but now Alberto has formed in the Gulf. Quibbling about a few days,…