Are you managing your energy use?

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The sweltering temperatures have arrived, and air conditioning units are working overtime to keep people cool.

“Hotter days mean increased energy use as customers rely on air conditioning to stay cool,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar. “As summer arrives, we are sharing programs, tips, tools, and assistance to help our customers manage their energy use.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal temperature outlook, summer temperatures are reaching record highs nationwide, with electricity bills soaring.

There are ways customers can take control of their energy use.


Install window coverings or treatments to prevent heat gain through windows during the day and improve energy efficiency. Also, check all doors and vents for air leaks.

Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature that provides humidity control.

A programmable thermostat allows automatic temperature changes throughout the day and over time during periods away from home and without sacrificing comfort.

Avoid “blasting” cold air when first turning on the AC. It will not cool a home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.

Use fans for air circulation, especially ceiling fans. But remember to turn them off when leaving the room; Fans cool people by creating a wind chill effect, not rooms!

Remember to use ventilating fans to remove moisture and heat when taking a shower or bath.

Perform annual maintenance on air conditioners.

Remember to turn off or unplug various electrical appliances that can potentially act as “energy vampires,” using extra energy.


Duke Energy Indiana Public Affairs and Communications Angeline Protogere provided information programs available to help customers navigate seasonal energy use, including:

Power Manager: Get rewarded by helping shift energy use away from peak periods. 

Home Energy House Call: Consider a free home energy assessment by an energy specialist to help lower your energy use. The service is available online at or by phone at 844-346-4366.

Weatherization Program: The income-qualified Weatherization Program helps single and multifamily units save money and reduce expenses by installing energy conservation measures in their homes. The program is open to owners and renters with owner approval, and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and an in-home assessment determine eligibility.

Protogere also noted the customers These plans use local and state agencies to connect qualified customers with access to resources, including Share the Light Fund and the Energy Assistance Program.

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