Delivering Customers More Options To Save Energy And Money
That old refrigerator in your garage might be among your biggest energy wasters. Encouraging Duke Energy customers to recycle old, secondary refrigerators and freezers is one of the ways we’re promoting energy efficiency.
In 2013, Duke Energy recycled 25,719 inefficient refrigerators and freezers through its appliance recycling programs. Almost 26 million kWh of energy were saved last year alone. That’s enough to power nearly 2,100 homes.
Appliance recycling is one of 20-plus energy efficiency and demand response programs offered by Duke Energy Carolinas under our new Shared Savings plan. The plan not only helps the environment, it rewards the company for helping customers save energy and money.
In January 2014, the Shared Savings plan replaced the save-a-watt program in the Duke Energy Carolinas service area as the company’s model to recover costs associated with these programs. This same model is also used in Ohio, Kentucky and Duke Energy Progress service areas in the Carolinas. Although the model is different, our customers in Indiana also have access to a suite of energy efficiency products and services to choose from.
Included in the Shared Savings plan is the new Residential Neighborhood Program. Launched in 2013, it offers information and energy-saving tools to customers in the Carolinas, Ohio and Kentucky who live in low-income neighborhoods. More than 3,660 customers have received energy efficiency improvements since the program’s launch. The Residential Neighborhood Program joins Neighborhood Energy Saver, a similar program available in Florida and Duke Energy Progress territories.
Replacing inefficient light bulbs continues to be a popular way to save energy and money plus benefit the environment. Since 2009, Duke Energy has distributed nearly 46 million energy-efficient light bulbs throughout our service areas. That’s enough energy saved to power nearly 144,000 homes and offset the carbon output of 266,000 passenger cars. From the comfort and convenience of home, customers in select service areas can now shop online for highly discounted compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs through the new Duke Energy Savings Store.
Duke Energy’s business and institutional customers also benefit from a suite of energy saving programs. For example, our demand response programs reward businesses for curtailing energy usage. They can also receive cash incentives for installing high-efficiency lighting, HVAC systems and other qualifying equipment. Outdoor LED lighting solutions are also available. We offer complete LED solutions, including design selection, installation, maintenance and 24/7 support.
These are just some of the products and services that deliver energy savings and value to our customers. More information about programs available to business and residential customers is available in the “Save Energy & Money” section of duke-energy.com.