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Lower My Bill Toolkit

  • Step 1 - Reduce my energy costs
  • Step 2 - Review energy-saving tips for appliances
  • Step 3 - Analyze my account
  • Step 4 - Read my meter
  • Step 5 - Equalize my monthly bills
  • Step 6 - Learn about energy program options

Reduce my energy costs:

Making your home more energy-efficient is a great first step to reducing energy costs. Start by finding where your home loses energy by completing an Online Home Energy Check.

Once that is complete find ways to save energy in your home through our Home Energy Improvement Program

Quick energy tips

These quick energy tips can help you reduce electric usage in your home.

  • During the summer months, set your thermostat at the highest comfortable setting. Duke Energy recommends a setting of 78-80. You can save 7 to 10 percent on your cooling costs for each degree above 78.
  • Use ceiling or portable fans to supplement your air-conditioning in occupied rooms.
  • During the winter months, set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting. Duke Energy recommends a setting of 68-70. You can save 7 to 10 percent on your heating costs for each degree below 70.
  • To increase your heating and cooling system efficiency, replace or clean system filters monthly and do not block registers and return vents with furniture or drapes.
  • If your furnace or air conditioner is over 10 years old, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient heat pump.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Progress Energy recommends R-19 to R-30 insulation for ceilings, R-11 for floors (suspended frame only), R-11 for frame walls and R-5 for concrete block.
  • Reduce hot water used for washing clothes.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce hot water use.
  • Switch to fluorescent bulbs for areas of constant use, such as the kitchen.
  • Turn off all small electrical equipment, such as radios, VCRs or TVs when not in use.
  • Turn off the lights when leaving an empty room.
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper when not in use.
  • Use your microwave or countertop appliances for cooking instead of your stove or oven.