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Duke Energy Launches Energy Efficiency Education in Ohio Schools March 2, 2009

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CINCINNATI -

Beginning this spring, third- and fourth-grade students in Ohio will learn more about energy efficiency and ways to apply these ideas in their own homes thanks to a new Duke Energy initiative called Get Energy Smart.

Get Energy Smart will be available at no charge to all school districts within the Duke Energy Ohio service area. The program will roll out in Kentucky and Indiana following regulatory approval in each state.

The program’s goal is to educate children and their families about wise energy usage in their homes and personal choices they can make to save money, protect the environment and address climate change. 

“Duke wants students to help shape the future of energy usage by giving them practical tools and information to better understand and manage how we each use energy,” explained Julie Janson, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Kentucky.

“Children taught us about the importance of wearing seat belts, long before adults realized the impact this could have on safety. We think they can positively influence their family’s energy habits as well. By starting young, we hope to influence long-term
behavior.”

The curriculum was designed to allow teachers to incorporate the materials into their existing math/science instructional schedules with supplemental activities on the Web.

The lessons are short, but relevant, and create opportunities for interactive, hands-on learning. Students and families can perform an on-line energy audit of their own homes, which creates a personalized energy report for each participating family. After students perform the audit, they receive a free energy efficiency starter kit containing information and items, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, which can lower their overall energy bill.

“The home audit is a great practical tool that bridges what the student learns in class into the home,” said Janson. “The entire family can learn about energy efficiency by working with their children to perform the audit.”

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is developing and distributing this integrated classroom program to teachers nationwide. Many Duke Energy business groups and a host of partners, including a panel of teachers, also provided input to develop the program. 

Get Energy Smart is a key component of Duke Energy’s Save-A-Watt energy efficiency strategy that was approved in December as part of the company’s Electric Security Plan (ESP) settlement agreement in Ohio. 

To schedule a student presentation, schools should contact energysmartOH@scholastic.com or epitts@duke-energy.com. A school representative may also call 1-800-347-8301. For more information about Get Energy Smart or other programs, visit www.scholastic.com/energysmart or www.duke-energy.com/kidswithenergy

Duke Energy’s Ohio operations deliver electricity to approximately 690,000 electric customers and natural gas service to approximately 425,000 customers.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 net megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

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: www.duke-energy.com.


Contact: Duke Energy Contact - Johnna Reeder
Phone: 513-419-5760
24-Hour Phone: 800-559-3853 (DUKE)
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Contact: Scholastic Contact - Sara Sinek
Phone: 212-343-6899
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e-mail: ssinek@scholastic.com

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