Duke Energy Florida Offers Ways to Lower Energy Use and Save

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/10/2024, Location: North America

Don't let summer catch you by surprise. Duke Energy is offering ways customers can take control of their energy use to help save this summer.

The month of May was the hottest May on record for many locations across central and north Florida.

From no- to low-cost tools, programs and assistance, customers have a menu of options to help cut costs for customers.

"Duke Energy serves diverse communities, that's why we focus on providing a wide range of programs to help customers manage energy use and save money," said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida president. "It's important we meet customers where they are. We're here to help, when customers need us most."

Take advantage of Usage Alerts

Customers can better predict what they will spend on electricity by reviewing the Usage Alerts that arrive midway through a billing cycle. By having a smart meter and an email address on file, customers are automatically enrolled to receive a Usage Alert notification that shows how much electricity is being used and how much it may cost, while providing enough time to adjust.

Use our website or the Duke Energy app tracks energy usage down to the hour, day or week. The goal is to see when energy use is spiking and adjust habits that may be driving it up. Simply sign in to your online account or create one here.

Savings programs and incentives

Duke Energy offers a variety of programs and incentives to help customers navigate seasonal energy use. Learn more about available options below, and b-roll is available here:

EnergyWise® Home is an easy way you can help reduce energy use during periods of high demand. Plus, you'll save on your electric bill by getting up to $141 in annual bill credits. By enrolling in EnergyWise® Home, you'll help preserve natural resources, delay the need for more power plants and keep energy costs lower for everyone.

Time-of-Use: Customers who enroll in the Time-of-Use can pay lower rates (as compared to the standard residential rate) by shifting their energy use to times of lower demand. Alternatively, rates will increase when customer demand is high and more people are using electricity.

Home Energy Check can help customers find ways to reduce their home's energy use, lower their bill and see if they qualify for rebates and free energy-saving products. The Home Energy Check program provides a custom report with a home's past and current energy usage, a free energy efficiency kit and expert recommendations for home improvements that will save energy and add value to your home.

Weatherization Program: Some customers can take advantage of our income-qualified Weatherization Program for single-family and multifamily units to help save money and reduce expenses through the installation of energy conservation measures in their home. The program is open to owners and renters with owner approval, and eligibility is determined by the weatherization office and an in-home assessment.

Payment assistance

Other customers may be eligible for further assistance. Installment Payment Plans can help people who need flexibility with paying their energy bills. Duke Energy also works with local and state agencies to connect qualified customers with access to resources, including Share the Light Fund® and Low Income Home Energy Assistance programs.

Visit our Special Assistance page for more information.

Low- to no-cost energy-saving tips and projects

Summer weather can contribute to higher energy use as your HVAC system works harder to keep you comfortable. The greater the temperature difference between the outside and the inside, the harder your AC unit must work.

Below are tips to help manage your energy use when temperatures rise. B-roll of energy efficiency measures is available here.

Inspect and service your HVAC. Have your HVAC system checked by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor to make sure it is operating efficiently. ENERGY STAR® certified heating and cooling equipment, when properly installed, can yield annual energy bill savings of 10%-30%.

Make sure cool air isn't escaping by checking windows, doors and vents for air leaks. Caulk, seal and use weatherstripping to block leaks, which can help save 10% to 20% in cooling costs.

Change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a cooling system work harder, which uses more energy. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting or install a smart thermostat. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day from its normal setting. Keep in mind: Your system will run longer the hotter it is outside – even if your thermostat setting never changes. And, run heat-producing appliances during cooler morning hours for additional savings.

Operate ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction in the summer, which pushes cooler air back down into the room. If you use air conditioning to cool your home, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees, typically with no reduction in comfort.

Close curtains and blinds during warm, sunny days to help prevent the sun from heating your home.

There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes – use less water and use cooler water. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.

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