Duke Energy offers holiday lighting tips, electricity cost calculator

    Duke Energy offers holiday lighting tips, electricity cost calculator

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today
offered tips to help customers save money as they decorate their homes with
holiday lights.

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On average, holiday lights cost just pennies a day. However, elaborate
displays that use large incandescent bulbs can add as much as $80 to a monthly
electric bill, depending on the number of bulbs and how long they're lit each

"That's a huge difference, especially if you're not expecting it," said Gayle
Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. "There
are so many less costly, more energy efficient options available today that
even the most elaborate lighting display can fit into anyone's budget."

Six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total), plugged in
six hours each night, can add up to $80 to a monthly electric bill.

By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode
(LED) bulbs would increase a monthly electric bill by only about $7.

Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly electric
bill by only about $1.

Customers can estimate their holiday lighting costs using a calculator on Duke
Energy's website – www.duke-energy.com/holidaylights.

Safety Tips

  oBefore installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged
    sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires. Discard damaged sets
    or repair them before using.
  oNever use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension
  oPlug exterior lights into ground-fault interruptible (GFI) outlets only.
    If the home lacks outside GFI outlets, call an electrician to install
  oBefore climbing a ladder, inspect it to ensure it's in good working
    condition and follow the weight limits specified on the ladder. Ladders
    that lean against a wall or other support should be angled so the
    horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is
    about one-quarter the working length of the ladder. Never use a ladder for
    any purpose other than the one for which it's designed.
  oNever use a ladder on or near power lines.

Energy Efficiency Tips

Duke Energy today also offered tips for customers to reduce their winter
heating bills.

"The thermostat is the real culprit of a higher December bill, so we encourage
customers to select the lowest comfortable setting when they're home, then
bump it down a degree or two when they leave," Lanier said.

Other money-saving tips include:

  oHire a qualified technician to inspect home heating and cooling equipment
    eachseason to ensure proper operation.
  oChange air filters monthly, year-round.
  oEnsure drapes, furniture, rugs and holiday decorations do not block heat
    registers and vents. Clean registers and vents regularly with a vacuum or
  oTake advantage of natural solar heat. On sunny days, leave the drapes or
    blinds open to allow the sun's rays to warm the house.

For more simple but effective ways to control home energy costs, visit

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States
with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations
serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in
the Southeast

and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and
operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America,
including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:   Paige Layne
24-Hour Contact: 800-559-3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

Website: http://www.duke-energy.com
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