Duke Energy offers holiday lighting calculator, information to help save energy and money

   Duke Energy offers holiday lighting calculator, information to help save
                               energy and money

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 2, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today
offered information to help customers save energy and money during the holiday
season and cold weather months. 

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"Holiday displays are fun for families and communities, but can also add
significantly to monthly power bills," said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior
vice president and chief customer officer. "Fortunately, there are a number of
efficient, budget-friendly lighting options available to help control costs
during the holiday season."

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

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

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

Holiday lighting reminders:

  oBefore installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged
    sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires. Discard or replace
    damaged sets 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
  oDust your light bulbs regularly, as dirt absorbs light and wastes energy.
  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 for what it's designed. Also, never use a ladder on
    or near power lines.

Cooking Efficiency Reminders:

  oOpen your oven door as little as possible. Your oven loses 25 to 50
    degrees Fahrenheit each time you open the door, making it work harder to
    maintain its temperature.
  oPreheat ovens only when necessary.
  oCover pans to reduce the cooking time and amount of heat needed.
  oUse smaller appliances, such as crock pots, toaster ovens and electric
    skillets whenever possible to save energy.
  oOperate your dishwasher with a full load and select an energy-saving cycle
    whenever possible. Use the "air dry" or "overnight dry" setting.
  oDon't use the "rinse hold" on your machine for just a few soiled dishes.
    It uses three to seven gallons of water each time.

Winter Efficiency Reminders:

"Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder
temperatures," said Lanier. "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."

Also remember:

  oThe 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.
  oRegular service calls from a licensed technician will help to properly
    maintain your heating and cooling system.
  oThe ceiling fan in the home is a great way to stay cool in the summer –
    and warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise
    direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room.
  oOn sunny days, leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun's rays to
    warm the house.

For more information on how to save energy and money visit

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.

Contact: Kristina Hill
Office: 980.373.2596 | 24-Hour: 800.559.3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

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