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A Message from David Fountain, Duke Energy North Carolina President: Beat the Heat and Manage Energy Bills

davidFor many families, back-to-school time can be expensive. From classroom supplies and sporting gear to field trips and fundraisers, the list can quickly add up. It’s also a time when our region experiences extremely high temperatures and energy use climbs as customers work to stay cool – adding to monthly expenditures. At Duke Energy, it’s important for us to help you save energy and, in turn, money on your monthly bills.

I want to take a moment to share some simple tips to help you save:

  • Close your curtains and shades before you leave home to block sun's rays from heating your home.
  • Don’t cool an empty house. If you'll be out and about, program your thermostat to work around your schedule for additional savings.
  • Replace each air filter every few months or use a washable one, which can last up to five years. A dirty air filter makes your cooling system work harder and use more energy.
  • Set your AC to the highest comfortable setting. Every degree increase saves you about 5 percent in cooling costs. Energy Star recommends a minimum set point of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use fans in occupied rooms. They circulate air to supplement air conditioning. Make sure they are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction.

On behalf of Duke Energy, I wish the communities we’re proud to serve a safe and successful school year ahead. For more tips and programs to help you save, visit

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David Fountain
North Carolina President