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High Energy Usage Reduction Assistance

High Energy Usage Assistance

Here to help you lower energy bills.

You may qualify for free assistance.

You could be eligible for free energy improvements that can help lower your energy use – and your monthly energy bill. Upgrades can include heating and cooling systems, insulation, air sealing, appliances and more.

Are You Eligible?

  • Do you rent or own a home in Forsyth, Guilford or Mecklenburg County?

  • Do you use at least 17,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually? This information can be found on your Duke Energy bill or app.

  • Do you meet certain household income level requirements or are you currently enrolled in a federal government assistance program?

    We can help determine your eligibility when you apply.

How It Works

  • Apply online to determine if you meet the address, energy use and income qualification requirements.

  • If you’re eligible, we’ll make an appointment for a Duke Energy-approved contractor to come to your house and start the process.

  • Once you receive a list of recommended energy upgrades, the contractor will make the improvements for free.

Watch this video to learn more about free High Energy Usage Assistance.

Free upgrades could include:

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  1. 1Heating and Cooling System Replacement

    Heating and cooling account for about half of a typical home’s energy usage.

  2. 2ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator Replacement

    ENERGY STAR appliances use less energy and save money over time.

  3. 3Comprehensive Air Sealing

    Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home can cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort and create a healthier indoor environment.

  4. 4Energy-efficient Lighting

    LEDs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

  5. 5Duct Sealing

    Ducts that leak conditioned air into untreated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills.

  6. 6Heat Pump Water Heater

    Heat pump water heaters can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional water heaters.

  7. 7Insulation

    Properly insulating your home not only lowers heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort.

  8. 8Water-saving Fixtures

    You can lower your water heating costs by using water-saving aerators and showerheads.


Frequently Asked Questions