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February 5, 2014

Duke Energy offers tips for winter

Weeks after a polar vortex that resulted in customers setting all-time marks for winter power use across communities served by Duke Energy Indiana, the state is still facing dangerously low temperatures.

“The month of January has delivered record cold temperatures across communities served by Duke Energy,” Duke Energy Indiana president Doug Esamann said in a press release. “When temperatures dip — especially to historic lows — bills are higher. It’s important for customers to remember simple steps they can take to save money on their power bills and heat their homes and businesses efficiently.”

The thermostat is a real culprit of higher winter bills. To help save energy and money, select the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.

A home’s HVAC system should be checked regularly by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor to maintain efficiency and peak performance. Through the Smart $aver® program, Duke Energy customers can get rebates for choosing to make their home run more efficiently. For more information on that, visit the website at www.duke-energy.com/smartsaver.

During sunny days, leave drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.

Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy. Duke Energy Indiana customers can get $50 toward the optimization of their heating and cooling system through an HVAC Health Check. Details are available online at www.duke-energy.com/improve.

Replacing standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can also help. CFLs are more efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light. Duke Energy Indiana offers discounted CFL and LED bulbs.

For more tips, visit the website at www.duke-energy.com and click on the “save energy and money” link.

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