Duke Energy asks customers to reduce electricity use during cold snap

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Duke Energy Progress officials are asking customers to reduce electricity use until 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 to help avoid potential high energy demand on the electric grid caused by frigid temperatures, according to a news release.

The release said Duke Energy Progress serves customers in western and eastern North Carolina including Raleigh, Wilmington and the Asheville region, and northeastern South Carolina including Sumter and Florence.

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To help lessen energy demand on the power grid during the extreme cold expected Monday and reduce the potential for isolated power outages, Duke Energy Progess offers the following tips:

  • Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting.
  • Postpone household chores that require electrical appliances.
  • Unplug cellphone / tablet chargers. These devices draw energy even when not in use.
  •  Operate ceiling fans 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.

For more tips, you can visit: https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/tips-for-saving-on-your-winter-heating-bill