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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Benefit Questions

  • Qualified property managers do not pay for these energy-saving products. When you take advantage of the Duke Energy Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program, not only will you receive free upgrades, you will also help to increase retention rates and attract new tenants.
  • Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

    • On average, LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use up to 90 percent less electricity.
    • LED light bulbs can save at least $80 over their lifetime in energy costs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
    • ENERGY STAR® certified.

    Bathroom/Kitchen Faucet Aerators (1.0 GPM) 

    • Use up to 55% less water than 2.2 GPM faucets, lowering utility, water and sewer bills. 
    • Flow feature control for no loss of water pressure. 

    Energy-Efficient Showerheads (1.5 GPM) 

    • Use 40% less water than 2.5 GPM showerheads, lowering utility, water and sewer bills. 
    • Virtually maintenance-free. 
    • High pressure with a pulsating massage feature. 

    Pipe Wrap 

    • Reduce water and energy use by preventing heat loss while hot water travels through your building’s hot water pipes.

Water Products

  • Duke Energy only installs engineered aerators designed to perform the same task using less water more efficiently. Energy-saving aerators mix air and water to provide the correct surface area coverage for completing tasks. Chances are, you will not even notice that the flow rate has changed.
  • Energy-efficient fixtures are designed to complete the same task while using less water. Since your water is heated with electricity, using less hot water will additionally lower your energy bills.
  • The water temperature will not be affected by the energy-efficient fixtures. The temperature will still be controlled by your fixture.

Light Bulbs

  • On average, LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use up to 90 percent less electricity. LED light bulbs can save at least $80 over their lifetime in energy costs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.

  • The benefits of LEDs can be maximized by installing these bulbs in high-use areas. This ensures you get the most in energy and cost savings. Each LED has a 22-year lifespan, so you won't have to worry about changing these bulbs anytime soon.
  • Yes. LEDs provided through Duke Energy's Free LED Program do not contain mercury or lead. They are UL-listed and ENERGY STAR® qualified. You can learn more about LEDs here.
  • LEDs contain no harmful substances such as mercury or lead, so there are no extra precautions beyond those you would take with any other electrical device such as making sure the light switch is turned off before installing a new bulb. Although LED bulbs are made with plastic and not glass, it is still recommended to install them by holding the base and not the bulb, to avoid damaging the bulb.
  • LED bulbs do not contain mercury, so there are no special guidelines or procedures required when one breaks. Follow the cleanup procedure that you would use to dispose of a broken incandescent bulb.
  • Virtually all components of an LED bulb can be recycled. Most people are used to throwing traditional incandescent bulbs away in the trash. LEDs can also be disposed in your trash, but recycling is recommended. Many retailers recycle LEDs for free, and some municipalities have special recycling programs for LEDs. Visit http://search.earth911.com/ to find an LED recycling location near you.
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