Duke Energy and Two Local Kentucky Communities Partner with Retailers in Energy Saving Project - Duke Energy

News Release
May 16, 2006

Duke Energy and Two Local Kentucky Communities Partner with Retailers in Energy Saving Project

Local Residents Encouraged To Buy Energy Efficient Light Bulbs To Save Energy, Money and Help Protect the Environment

CINCINNATI Duke Energy is partnering with Alexandria and Ludlow mayors and local hardware retailers to assist Duke Energy electric customers in Northern Kentucky with saving money on their energy bills by purchasing an ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).

The first event will be hosted by Alexandria Mayor McGinley, Friday May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Calvin A. Perry Community Center located at 8236 Main St. in Alexandria.  The second event will be Saturday, May 20, hosted by Ludlow Mayor Ed Schroeder, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ludlow Community Park Shelter. Local Duke Energy electric customers can purchase CFLs for as little as $0.99 as long as supplies last at each location.

“Each ENERGY STAR qualified bulb uses up to 75 percent less energy than your typical incandescent light bulb and can prevent more than 500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime – that’s a significant impact,” said Rhonda Whitaker, Duke Energy Kentucky area manager. “By switching the five most frequently used light fixtures in their home over to CFLs, customers can save more than $60 per year in energy costs.” 

Residents are encouraged to use the bulbs they buy to replace existing bulbs in their home’s five most frequently used light fixtures with the ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. The most frequently used lights typically include the kitchen ceiling dome light, living room table lamp, living room floor lamp, bathroom vanity light and outdoor porch or post lamp.

The events are being organized in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy’s national “Change a Light, Change the World” campaign, which promotes the financial, energy and environmental benefits of using ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products. A discount provided by participating retailers coupled with a $2 instant rebate sponsored by Duke Energy will allow residents to purchase bulbs that normally cost $5 or more for as little as $0.99. There will be a purchase limit of 12 bulbs.

For additional energy saving tips and program information, visit www.duke-energy.com.  For more information about the “Change a Light, Change the World” program, call 888/573-3503.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. 

Today, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program offers businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses.  For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Duke Energy’s Northern Kentucky operations deliver safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 130,000 electric customers and natural gas service to 93,000 customers. A diverse fuel mix of nuclear, coal-fired, hydroelectric and combustion-turbine generation provides approximately 28,000 megawatts of regulated generating capacity. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Kathy Meinke
Phone: 513/287-2121
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
e-mail: Kathy.Meinke@duke-energy.com