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SAVE money this summer with energy-saving tips from Progress Energy

RALEIGH (June 24, 2011) – As temperatures rise in the Carolinas, so does home energy usage for most households. But there are ways to beat the heat without wearing out your wallet. Progress Energy encourages customers to take simple steps to lower their energy consumption this summer and SAVE on their bills.

Being smart about energy usage is simple. Just remember the acronym SAVE.

S – Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting.
A – Adjust your water heater.
V – Visit for tips and ways to save.
E – Eliminate hotspots in the home.

  • Set the thermostat higher and save. When temperatures rise, air conditioners have to work harder. The air conditioner unit is typically the largest user of electricity in your home. Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees can lead to big savings on your bill. Progress Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees or higher. Remember to keep the air flowing freely by replacing air filters and ensuring nothing is blocking registers and returns. And consider using a ceiling fan to maximize comfort without having to lower your thermostat. But remember – fans cool people, not rooms. Be sure to turn the fan off when leaving the room. 

  • Adjust the water heater and save. Decreasing the water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 can help save up to $85 per year. A setting of 120 degrees is sufficient for most household needs. If you head out of town, turn it off entirely. There's no need to heat unused water. Plus, once turned back on, most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.

  • Visit for loads of efficiency tips and ways to save.  Managing your energy use starts with understanding how you use electricity. Get a free, personalized energy analysis of your home using Progress Energy's Customized Home Energy Report. This online energy audit analyzes your home’s unique energy profile using information from your bill and generates a plan to help you become more energy efficient. 

  • Eliminate hotspots in the home and save. Block the sun from overheating your home by using shades, blinds and drapes inside and awnings, trees and shrubs outside. Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home. And consider installing high-performance windows that save energy and protect upholstery, wood and art from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Don't forget to take advantage of the many incentives offered by Progress Energy for energy-efficiency purchases and improvements. From lighting to appliances to maintenance and upgrades that won’t break the bank, Progress Energy offers incentives to help you take control of your energy use and your monthly bill.

Take the Customized Home Energy Report, and find about energy saving tips, available incentives and ways you can SAVE on your bill this summer at

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 22,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $10 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at


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