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January 28, 2014

Five tips can cut winter electricity bills

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 company continues to suggest ways to save energy and money on power bills during colder weather, reports spokesperson Angeline Protogere.

Doug Esamann, Duke Energy Indiana president, says, “The month of January has delivered record cold temperatures across communities served by Duke Energy. 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.

• Have the HVAC system checked regularly by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor to maintain efficiency and peak performance. Through the Smart $aver® program, customers can get rebates for choosing to make their home run more efficiently. Customers may visit www.duke-energy.com/smartsaver to learn more.

• 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 at www.duke-energy.com/improve.

• Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs are more efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light. Duke Energy Indiana offers discounted CFL and LED bulbs through a partnership with Energizing Indiana at https://energizingindiana.com/programs/residential-lighting/.

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