Duke Energy supports energy assistance

Published Friday, July 28, 2017

Keeping cool as temperatures soar

Mecklenburg County - During the summer months, North Carolina’s rising temperatures can cause a seasonal spike in electric bills for customers. That’s why two agencies in Mecklenburg County want families to know there are resources available to help them save both energy and money. Duke Energy has given Crisis Assistance Ministry and Matthews Help Center $37,738 to provide financial assistance to qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance.

“Matthews Help Center is so grateful for caring corporations who partner with us to assist individuals and families in financial crisis. Without these funds senior citizens, children and parents cannot prepare meals, cool their home, heat water for bathing, and have light for bedtime stories. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to serve the community along with Duke Energy.”

“The support of Duke Energy and its customers through the Share The Warmth fund is critical to keeping struggling families in their homes with their utilities flowing,” said Carol Hardison, Chief Executive Officer for Crisis Assistance Ministry. “This will make a big difference for moms trying to keep a child with asthma well, for seniors struggling with health challenges, and for proud vets who can’t quite stretch their dollar far enough this summer.”

For the past 31 years, Duke Energy has partnered with more than 80 agencies in North Carolina to lend a hand to those struggling to pay their summer cooling energy bills.

“Duke Energy is committed to providing affordable energy to all of our customers, but we know some struggle to keep their homes cool during the hot summer months,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’re proud to support energy assistance programs that provide a meaningful benefit for thousands across the Carolinas.”

Duke Energy offers several of energy assistance tips on their website at www.Duke-Energy.com.

Here are a few key tips to remember:

  • Close your curtains and shades before you leave home to block sun's rays from heating your home.
  • Don’t cool an empty house. If you'll be out and about, program your thermostat to work around your schedule for additional savings.
  • Replace the filter every few months or use a washable one, which can last up to five years. A dirty air filter makes your cooling system work harder and use more energy.
  • Set your AC to the highest comfortable setting. Every degree increase saves you about 5 percent in cooling costs. Energy Star recommends a minimum set point of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use fans in occupied rooms. They circulate air to supplement air conditioning. Make sure they are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction.