Duke Energy is asking for customers to conserve power during our current cold snap, according to WNCN.
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.
Customers who experience an outage should call the Duke Energy Progress automated outage-reporting system: 1-800-419-6356
Customers 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.