With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s all week, Duke Energy is asking customers to help save power.
"During a heat wave in mid-July, the company issued a similar request for voluntary energy conservation and the customer response was significant," the company said in a statement. "Small actions by thousands of people resulted in lower than expected demand for power which helped Duke Energy ensure there was sufficient electricity to meet all customers’ critical needs."
The company suggests the following steps to conserve energy:
· If it doesn’t interfere with the health or safety of the occupants, raise the setting on, or turn off, room and central air conditioners. Where possible, use fans: air that is circulating, even warm air, is more comfortable than still air.
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· Avoid using appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers until the evening hours, when the temperature begins to drop.
· If possible, avoid preparing hot meals in the kitchen during the day. Cooking adds heat to the house, which increases the discomfort level and makes air conditioners work harder.
· Close curtains, drapes or blinds during the day to reduce heat buildup.
· Use lighting sparingly. Bulbs, particularly incandescent bulbs, produce heat.
More information on energy conservation and efficiency is available on our web site at www.duke-energy.com