Santee Cooper announced the new ‘Smart Energy Homes Program’ as the next phase in the ‘Reduce the Use South Carolina’ campaign that is aimed at reducing electricity use in the state and improving energy efficiency. Currently, state-owned utility Santee Cooper has about 163,000 direct residential and commercial customers through rebates and new initiatives.
In a statement, Santee Cooper states the ‘Smart Energy Homes Program’ is comprised of two major categories: one geared toward new homes; the other, existing homes. With the program, there are two levels of participation for new homes. Energy Star new homes will be 15 percent more efficient than they were in 2006, giving the builder a $1,600 rebate. Smart Energy new homes will be 10 percent more efficient than 2006, giving the builder a $1,000 rebate. For Smart Energy existing homes homeowners will receive a $600 rebate.