Duke Energy offers a free energy efficiency program to income-eligible residents in the Orlando area

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  • Free products and programs can help save up to $200 a year in energy costs

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — More than 1,700 income-eligible customers in the East Orlando communities of Bithlo, Union Park and Azalea Park will soon receive a jolt of positive energy from Duke Energy Florida.

    Through the innovative Neighborhood Energy Saver program, Duke Energy will give qualified customers a complimentary energy makeover for their house or apartment.

    Customers receive up to 20 energy-saving improvements, including HVAC filters, water heater tank wraps and insulation for water pipes. They will also learn how daily activities, habits and other factors can increase their electric use and raise their energy bills. The program can help customers save up to $200 a year in energy costs.

    “Duke Energy is committed to arming our customers with information on how to better manage their energy use,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president - Florida. “Our Neighborhood Energy Saver program has a long history of success. The program provides energy saving improvements and information that help customers save money on their energy bills and make long-lasting, positive changes.”

    “Duke has done a wonderful job coming into the home, changing everything, telling me these tips, and just overall making it an energy efficient home,“ said Danielle Hogan, an Ocala program participant. “I can’t thank Duke enough for what they’ve done for us.”

    In partnership with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Weatherization Assistance Program and Orange County government, Duke Energy will install energy-efficient improvements in more than 300 houses in Bithlo and more than 1,400 homes and apartments in selected neighborhoods in Union Park and Azalea Park at no cost to residents.

    “Orange County Community Action is proud to partner with the Duke Energy Neighborhood Energy Saver program,” said Sherry Paramore, Orange County Community Action division manager. “This opportunity can make a big difference in the lives of low-income residents.”

    Since the program’s inception in 2006, Duke Energy has implemented the Neighborhood Energy Saver program in more than 40 communities across Florida and installed more than 389,000 energy-efficiency improvements over 23,000 income-eligible customers’ homes.

    The Duke Energy Neighborhood Energy Saver program kickoff will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave., and on Jan. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Orange Community Center at 12050 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando.

    Duke Energy’s Neighborhood Energy Saver team members will install improvements in the weeks following the kickoff. Eligible participants can look forward to receiving as many as 20 energy-efficiency improvements at no cost, including:

  • water heater tank wraps and insulation for water pipes;
  • low-flow faucet aerator and low-flow showerhead;
  • refrigerator thermometer;
  • wall plate thermometer;
  • HVAC winterization kit;
  • water heater temperature check and adjustment; and
  • HVAC filters and a filter-change calendar.

This year the program has added  air-conditioning maintenance, duct sealing and insulation for single family homes.

Duke Energy also helps customers reduce energy loss through the installation of door sweeps, caulking, foam insulation, weather stripping and clear patch tape. The program also offers customers up to eight energy-efficient lightbulbs.

A map is available upon request detailing the locations being served by the program. Federal and state guidelines and census data are used to objectively select communities where the program would be most beneficial.

Since 1981, Duke Energy has helped its Florida customers save nearly $1.25 billion through its energy-efficiency programs including the Neighborhood Energy Saver program. For more information on energy-efficiency tips that benefit all homeowners, visit www.duke-energy.com, click on “Florida” and then “Save Energy & Money.”

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida owns coal-fired and natural gas generation providing about 9,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.7 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area.

With its Florida regional headquarters located in St. Petersburg, Fla., Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.3 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 23 million people. Its Commercial Portfolio and International business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

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