Duke Energy proposes Indiana energy efficiency programs

           Duke Energy proposes Indiana energy efficiency programs  PR Newswire  PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 29, 2014  PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy is asking state utility regulators to approve a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs for its customers.  New Duke Energy logo.  Current energy efficiency programs offered by Energizing Indiana will continue through Dec. 31, 2014.  "Since the early 1990s, Duke Energy has offered its customers programs to save energy and save money," said Doug Esamann, Duke Energy state president – Indiana. "Upon approval from the commission, we plan to continue offering energy efficiency programs similar to those that exist today. I encourage all customers to take full advantage of these valuable energy-saving opportunities."  The programs the company wants to offer residential customers, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, include:    oResidential Smart Saver – offers rebates to customers who maintain or     upgrade their home heating and air conditioning units, who insulate attics     and ductwork or add high-efficiency lighting.   oAgency Assistance Portal – provides homeowners and renters who apply for     the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and sign up     for Agency Assistance Portal with a 12- pack of CFLs   oAppliance Recycling – removes older, less-efficient refrigerators and     freezers from customers' homes and pays them a $50 incentive   oEnergy Education for Schools – targets elementary students with energy     efficiency information and provides a take-home kit of low-cost     energy-saving devices   oResidential Neighborhood – provides energy-efficient and weatherization     improvements for income-qualified customers   oMulti-Family EE Products and Services – offers a variety of energy     efficiency measures, including lighting, for apartments and other     multi-family buildings   oMy Home Energy Report – informs customers about their energy use as     compared to similar homes in their community and gives energy-saving tips   oPower Manager – pays customers who voluntarily reduce their use of air     conditioning during times of high demand for electricity   oHome Energy House Call – assesses homes with electric heat or electric hot     water heaters for their efficiency and provides a kit of energy efficiency     devices  As is the case today, there will be no separate fees for customers to participate in these programs. Program costs will be included in customers' monthly utility bills under an energy efficiency rider.  In addition, the company will continue to offer both prescriptive and custom energy efficiency programs and incentives for commercial and industrial customers.  Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state's largest electric supplier. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.  Media contact: Lew Middleton Office: 317.838.1505 | 24-Hour: 800.559.3853  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130322/CL81938LOGO    SOURCE Duke Energy  Website: http://www.duke-energy.com  
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