Kirk Bexler’s drafty home in Franklin, Ind., needed insulation for comfort and to combat high utility bills. He turned to Find It Duke, a referral program that helps customers find professionals for home improvement services such as attic insulation, HVAC and water heater repair.
Find It Duke is one of the ways Duke Energy is helping customers save energy – and money. The company’s 2018 Sustainability Report outlines how the company is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers. The company is expanding renewable generation, moving the generation fleet from coal to natural gas, reducing its carbon footprint and modernizing the grid to support new technologies.
Tightening up his home will help Bexler save energy. “We had additional insulation blown into our attic spaces, and the contractor suggested by Duke was very professional and courteous,” Bexler said. “When they were finished, the contractor spent some time giving me tips on how to seal and insulate ductwork.”
Referred contractors in the Find It Duke program can assist customers in qualifying for up to $1,450 in rebates through the company’s Smart $aver® program. The program has doubled the number of referrals each year since 2016 with more than 21,000 referrals generated in 2018 in the Carolinas. The program expanded to Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in 2018.
The Sustainability Report shows that nearly 38 percent of the company’s energy mix is carbon-free and the company’s renewable energy generation grew 11 percent last year.
“Duke Energy is successfully reducing our environmental impact,” said Cari Boyce, senior vice president, stakeholder strategy and sustainability.
Duke Energy is also helping customers reduce energy use and save money through other energy efficiency programs. Since 2009, for example, the company has delivered more than 90 million energy-efficient lighting products to residential customers at a discount. The company continues to expand its energy efficiency programs to help the environment and customers get the most value. It’s part of the company’s goal to reduce customer energy consumption 15,000 gigawatt-hours by 2020, which is equivalent to the annual usage of 1.25 million homes.