Duke Energy asks for continued energy conservation as power restoration continues following extreme winter temperatures

Duke Energy asked customers to conserve energy usage as crews restored power following rotating outages in the Carolinas in response to high-energy demand Saturday morning. 

The company continues to ask for energy conservation during the extreme cold temperatures in the Carolina to help avoid rotating outages in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. Energy conservation can help keep power on for all customers.

Some basic energy conservation steps customers can take: 
-Select the lowest comfortable thermostat setting and bump it down several degrees whenever possible.
-Avoid using large appliances – this means appliances with a three-pronged plug, such as dishwashers, ovens and dryers – during high-demand periods like early winter mornings.
-Shift non-essential activities, like laundry, to late evening hours when power demand is lower.
-Charge electric vehicles overnight. If you have an electric water heater, limit the use of hot water as much as possible.

For more energy-saving, bill-lowering tips, check out our Lower-My-Bill toolkit. If your power is off, turn off appliances and other electrical devices that may have been on when the power went out, so there’s not an immediate surge on the system when power is restored.