RALEIGH, N.C. -
Duke Energy is asking for customers to conserve power during the next 24 hours as temperatures plummet.
The company said customers can take a few steps to help conserve power:
- Turn off unnecessary lights and postpone
household chores, where possible, that involve the use of electricity.
- 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.
- The 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.
- Leave your 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.
- Find these and other tips here.
who experience an outage should call the Duke Energy Progress automated
outage-reporting system: 1-800-419-6356
may also report an outage or view current outages online here.
Duke Energy said if power is lost, please turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible.
This will reduce the immediate demand
on the power lines when power is restored.