illumination's 10 most popular stories of 2019 illumination's 10 most popular stories of 2019

illumination's 10 most popular stories of 2019

Helicopters, energy efficiency and more – your favorite stories from the year past


Look back at 2019 with this list of illumination’s most clicked stories of the year. Readers’ favorites include rodeoing lineworkers, tips for using Duke Energy’s new app and easy ways to save on your electric bill.

Here are the top 10 stories:

Find the energy wasters lurking in your house


There are many easy ways to save energy and money, including unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. See if you can find them in these graphics and get tips on how to lower your bill.

Take the test. 

Pay your bill and more with Duke Energy's new customer app


With Duke Energy's new mobile app, you can manage your account from anywhere. It was developed based on customers’ most requested features including bill pay, outage reporting and energy monitoring.

Learn more. 

2019 storm predictions: Prepare now for hurricane season


As the 2019 storm season approached, Duke Energy meterologists gave their predictions for the season and provided tips on how to prepare for severe weather. 

Read more. 

Where to find big, bright holiday displays


Check out our 2019 roundup of holiday light displays in all of the states Duke Energy serves. Chances are there's one near you.

See the list.

Helicopters replace massive transmission lines toppled by Hurricane Michael


Hurricane Michael toppled 34 miles of high voltage power lines over a remote, swampy area in northwest Florida. Because it was hard to reach by truck or foot, these crews used Blackhawk helicopters to replace the towers.

Watch the video.

How Duke Energy keeps trees off of power lines


Trees and other plants are a leading cause of power outages, so arborist Jericho Belcher is tasked with finding the trees that could cause trouble.

See what it's like to be a vegetation management specialist at Duke Energy. 

Learn how to rodeo with these lineworkers


From speed climbing to rescues, the International Lineman's Rodeo helps lineworkers keep their skills sharp. 

See how they train for the competition and how it makes them better at their everyday work.

World's fifth oldest tree found in North Carolina


Some of the oldest trees in the world are rooted along the swampy twists and turns of the Black River in eastern North Carolina including, a researcher recently confirmed, the fifth oldest living tree in the world. 

Learn more. 

My husband, the lineworker, is a superhero


Though the job is demanding, this South Carolina lineworker’s wife is proud of her husband’s sacrifice. 

Read this letter from a line wife.

4 easy ways to save energy


Saving money and energy doesn’t have to be a major time or financial investment – there are plenty of simple ways to save on your energy bill.

Here are four to get you started.


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