illumination's most popular stories of 2020

How to save on energy costs and help for people during the pandemic were among your favorite stories

The year 2020 is a year unlike any other and that holds for your favorite articles on illumination. The top stories of the year include energy efficiency and renewables as usual, and also articles about the pandemic and social justice.

Here's a look at the most-clicked articles of 2020:

6 free Duke Energy services every new homeowner should know about


These simple tips can help you be more energy efficient and save money. Duke Energy provides a variety of offers that can help customers.

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How Duke Energy is strengthening the grid for floods


Floods can wash away roads and submerge towns – like they did after Hurricane Florence – making it impossible to repair the grid until water recedes. Duke Energy is installing barriers and relocating equipment at 13 substations in flood-prone areas of the Carolinas.

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How to prepare for hurricane season during the pandemic


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended preparation and planning. Luckily, Duke Energy customers in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina were spared major storms this year.

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Duke Energy employees choose $1 million in grants for social justice


Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas asked employees to choose the recipients for more than $1 million in grants to advance social justice and racial equity. They picked 80 nonprofits

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10 easy ways to save energy while working from home


Here are 10 low- and no-cost tips for cutting your work-at-home electric use. If you have a smart meter, log in to or the Duke Energy app to monitor your energy use so you can adjust.

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How Duke Energy will reach net-zero carbon emissions


Duke Energy has ambitious plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050: expanding renewable energy, retiring coal plants and improving the grid. Since 2005, the company has reduced emissions 39%. 

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Here’s what happens when your power goes out


Duke Energy’s strategy for power outages keeps customers informed through several channels. Smart meters improve outage detection and quickly verify power has been restored.

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Duke Energy helps families hit by COVID-19


Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are helping customers, employees and their communities. The company has donated $8 million for health and human services, hunger relief and housing and utilities assistance.

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Simple ways to avoid energy bill surprises this winter


You can monitor and manage your energy use. If you haven’t signed up for an equal payment plan to get a predictable monthly bill, there are some things you can do to keep tabs on your energy use.

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Retro photos: Smiling faces from the 1980s


It's always Throw Back Thursday at the Duke Energy Archives. Here are a handful of photos of employees from the 1980s from the archives.

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