Duke Energy continues to expand its portfolio of energy efficiency programs that benefit our customers and the environment.
Duke Energy’s Referral Network completed its first full year of operation in 2017, providing customers with energy-related advice and purchasing confidence when selecting home improvement contractors.
The program provides professionals for home improvement services such as attic insulation and HVAC and water heating repair and replacement.
In 2017, the program generated more than 10,000 referrals in the Carolinas and Kentucky. The program will expand to Indiana and Ohio in 2018. Referred contractors can also assist customers in qualifying for up to $1,600 in rebates via the Smart $aver® program.
Since 2009, the company has delivered more than 80 million energy-efficient lighting products to residential customers at deeply discounted prices. Newly expanded options for lamps and fixtures provide even more energy-efficient solutions for every socket of our customers’ homes.
LEDs use 90 percent less energy and last 15 times longer than traditional bulbs, leading to savings on customers’ bills. Eligible customers can receive lighting options at participating retailers, accessing company-offered programs and by visiting the online store.
Duke Energy’s My Home Energy Report is approaching 2 terawatt-hours of electricity saved. That’s enough to power 200,000 homes for a year. The program provides residential customers with a meaningful look at their energy use compared to similar homes based on age, size, location and heating source. It provides targeted insights to help customers take action to reduce their energy consumption.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the company started sending the reports to customers electronically if they have registered an email address. Through the program, nearly 23 million reports were sent in 2017. These reports are printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a reforestation project has planted nearly 20,000 trees as part of the program.