How do I know if I'm eligible?
To be eligible, you must be a Duke Energy Progress customer, and you must have your duct repairs performed by one of our prequalified contractors.
The program is open to residential customers in single-family and manufactured homes that are at least 1 year old. In addition, the program is also available for residential multifamily developments interested in making energy-efficient improvements to their existing residential buildings.
Do most HVAC duct systems leak?
It is very common. In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. But in typical houses, ENERGY STAR® estimates that about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.
What are the benefits of a properly sealed duct system?
Improve comfort. Making improvements to your duct system can make your home more comfortable. Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
Enhance the indoor air quality. Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
Promote safety. During normal operation, gas appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their venting systems. Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause "backdrafting," where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing leaks can reduce this risk.
Save money. Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills and can often pay for itself in energy savings.
Protect our environment. When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By sealing ductwork and using less energy at home, you can help reduce these emissions and fight global warming.
How do I apply for a Duct Seal and Repair incentive?
After the prequalified contractor completes the work, he or she will assist you with submitting the rebate form – and any required documentation – to receive your cash incentive. Simply mail it to the address on the form within 90 days of your repairs. Once we receive it, you will get your incentive check within four to six weeks.
What is a prequalified contractor?
Each prequalified contractor is a local heating and cooling professional who has met Duke Energy Progress requirements. Only these prequalified contractors are approved to perform work eligible for Duke Energy Progress Home Energy Improvement Program rebates. After the prequalified contractor completes the work, he or she will assist you with submitting the rebate form to receive your cash incentive.
Why does Duke Energy want to help me use less energy?
By 2030, demand for electricity in the United States is expected to grow by approximately 25 percent. In the past, utilities like Duke Energy would build new power plants to keep up with the rising demand for power.
But building new power plants is expensive, and each takes years to complete. Plus, new power plants can have a negative impact on our environment.
The cleanest, most efficient power plant is the one we never have to build. If we can help our customers save energy – and save money in the process – it can reduce the demand for new power plants.