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Energy Revolution: Our Energy Efficiency in Schools Program Educating our youth about energy conservation

Live Theatre Teaches Children

Sustainable energy is important to our community and our future. We use live theater to teach children the importance of conservation in a unique and memorable way.

Duke Energy is proud to partner with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to promote conservation and energy-efficiency education for grades K-8 in its service communities. This organization uses professional actors to teach students about energy efficiency through engaging, comical and informative live theater sketches.

Each performance also includes grade-appropriate workbooks for each student, comprehensive teacher guides, internet activities and classroom posters. After the show, students are encouraged to have their parents sign up to receive a free home Energy Efficiency Kit to continue reinforcing the importance of energy conservation, and to help them understand how it can translate into practical applications in their homes.

Schools in Duke Energy territory can sign up for performances. Go online to www.nationaltheatre.com and click “schedule a show”. Call 800.858.3999 ext. 1. Email schools@nationaltheatre.com.

The Energy Efficiency in Schools program is currently available in the following service territories:

Map of Service Area and School Districts
Energy Efficiency Kit

It’s smart energy.

Many students who participated in this school program requested Energy Efficiency Kits be mailed to their homes after the performance.

Take the first steps toward saving energy and money, and demonstrating the importance of energy efficiency at home, by installing the easy-to use items shown below. These free products will help you improve your energy use with:

Lighting
Just one ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb can save about $40 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime. Don’t wait until your existing light bulbs burn out to jump-start the savings. Replace your two most frequently used incandescent light bulbs today!

Heating and Cooling
Stop air leaks from drafty electrical outlets and light switch covers – you can save money and increase your comfort.

Hot Water
Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads reduce both the amount of water needed and the energy used to heat it. According to ENERGY STAR, water heating accounts for 14 percent of the average utility bill. That’s more than the average cost of lighting on an energy bill.

Teachers and Students Rave

Rave reviews.

We could tell you about how The National Theatre for Children (NTC) program is received in our communities, but no one would describe it better than the students and teachers who experienced and enjoyed it.

This fantastic, high-energy program not only kept my children entertained but also taught them valuable information that can be used at school and at home. Thank you! The kiddos had a blast!

– Gini Sellers, Kindergarten teacher, Lincoln Charter School, Denver, NC

The program kept the children’s attention. It was very informative and enjoyable. My own child (he’s 6) couldn’t wait to complete the booklet. He was also very excited about signing up for the energy kit. Great show! Awesome actors!

– Lynn Wicker, third-grade teacher, Boundary Street Elementary, Newberry, SC

The actors engaged the children and were able to reach even our non-English speakers with their gestures and visual aids. A very nice program. Thank you.

– Robin Robb, first-grade teacher, Ecole Francaise Bilingue, Greenville, SC

The actors were GREAT! Their enthusiasm was contagious and the kids (and teachers) really enjoyed them. I think the message was clear and easy to understand… nice job!

– Terri Baroch, fourth-grade teacher, Freedom Elementary School, West Chester, OH

Excellent job. Great performers and great curriculum taught in a fun way the kids will remember.

– Sara Jones, third-grade teacher, Indian Hill Elementary, Cincinnati, OH

This was one of the BEST educational and FUN assemblies I have attended in my 30+ years of teaching. Wow!!

– Deb Hogue, fourth-grade teacher, Kramer Elementary, Oxford, OH

This was a fantastic performance - short enough to keep students engaged and fun enough to keep them interested through the entire skit! BRAVO!

– Beth Davis, fifth-grade teacher, Kramer, Oxford, OH

Great presentation. Very informative, energetic and on grade level.

– Gregg Iverson, eighth-grade teacher, Welborn Academy of Science & Technology, High Point, NC

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Duke Energy’s Energy Education program?

Duke Energy has partnered with The National Theatre for Children to present our new Energy Education in Schools program. Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children have developed a customized curriculum that teaches core educational concepts about energy, resources, and how and why students can use energy wisely. The centerpiece of the curriculum is a live in-school theatrical production delivered by professional actors. The program for the primary schools is called Space Station Conservation, featuring a cast of fun and educational characters including our hero Harmonica Mars, the fun and smart Sally Tide, the wacky rocket scientist Radley Super, Milo the space dog and, of course, the evil resource-wasting alien, Bile. The program for the secondary schools is called The Conservation Crew, featuring a cast of two professional actors engaging and entertaining the middle school audiences with improvisational-style sketch comedy teaching students about energy and resources.

In addition to the performance, what other tools are available?

In addition to the performance, every student receives a print or digital workbook of project-based assignments that incorporate math and science concepts. Teacher guides for every teacher include tips for in-class discussion and homework assignments that build on student knowledge. The take-home work engages parents who are encouraged to participate by ordering a free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit of easily installed devices that will immediately begin saving energy. All workbooks, activities, assignments and digital activities align with state curriculum requirements. The kit is available at no cost to all students whether or not their families are served by Duke Energy.

What is the Energy Efficiency Survey?

The short survey is provided by Duke Energy in order to show families how they can make their homes more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills. The survey features questions about energy use in your home. Families can complete the printed survey or take the survey online at MyEnergyKit.org.

What should I do with the prepaid mailing envelope?

The prepaid mailing envelope can be used to return your completed Energy Efficiency Survey to Duke Energy.

Why should my family complete the energy efficiency survey?

Once your Energy Efficiency Survey is completed and sent to Duke Energy, your family will receive an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit with energy-saving tools and tips to help you reduce energy use at home. Each completed survey also credits your school in The National Theatre for Children’s "My Energy Kit" Contest, with cash prizes for the school. The next drawing will be held on July 1, 2016.

Whom should we contact with questions about the program?

If you have any questions about the Duke Energy energy efficiency program or the Energy Efficiency Survey, please call 855.386.9548 for assistance. You can also email your questions to PowerinEnergy@duke-energy.com..

Why does Duke Energy want us to use less electricity?

Power plants can be costly investments, so helping customers use less energy creates energy savings, which helps us continue to meet customers' energy needs while delaying new power plants. The energy saved can also help reduce the need for Duke Energy to turn on older, less efficient plants, which is good for the environment.

EXPLANATION OF QUESTIONS ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY SURVEY

Question 1: How many compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs do you have installed in your home?

This question refers to the number of compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) installed in your home. You can find the answer by counting the total number of CFLs that you are currently using to light your home. A CFL is an energy-saving light bulb that uses 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. In appearance, a CFL has a spiral tube instead of a regular rounded incandescent bulb.

Question 2: What temperature is your thermostat most likely to be set at in the winter? In the summer?

This question asks you to estimate the typical temperature your thermostat is set at during the winter months and during the summer months. A "typical" day refers to all days except holidays with guests, days with extra door traffic or days that are extremely hot or cold that as a result influence your thermostat setting.

Question 3: Where are most of the heating and cooling vents located in your home?

The best way to determine where the heating and cooling vents are located in your home is to check your ceilings, walls and floors to see if you can locate them. Make sure to look under furniture and behind curtains when trying to locate vents. If you can't determine this after looking to see where they are located, the answer you should put on the survey is "Not Applicable."

Question 4: Do you notice uneven temperatures between the different rooms in your home?

This question refers to whether or not the temperature in your home varies from room to room. If you notice that one room feels colder or hotter than another, without making adjustments to individual thermostats, this means that you have uneven room temperatures in your home.

Question 5: What type of fuel do you use to heat your home?

Most homeowners may know the answer to this because when their system is serviced, the technician will refer to the heating system based on the type of fuel it uses (electric, gas, propane, etc.). Customers who use propane will have a large gas tank in their yard that needs to be refilled a few times a year by the propane company. Customers with natural gas and oil heat will have a pilot light on their furnace and a flue where exhaust gases vent to the outside.

Question 6: In the winter, do you experience drafts of cold air in your home?

This question refers to cold air leaks or drafts that come into your home through windows, doors, outlets and other places. Cold air drafts can significantly impact the temperature of the room and cause it to feel colder.

My Energy Kit/ENERGY EFFICIENCY STARTER KIT SIGN-UP FAQs

Why do I need to provide my Duke Energy account number with my sign-up?

Because Duke Energy customers receive larger kits, it is necessary to verify a Duke Energy account with each sign-up. Providing an account number is the easiest way to verify an account and ensure that a Duke Energy customer receives the larger kit. If you don’t have it available, please enter 000000 in the Duke Energy account number field and be sure to enter the residential home address tied to your Duke Energy account.

Where can I find my Duke Energy account number?

Your Duke Energy account number is located on your Duke Energy bill.

What if I can't find my Duke Energy bill?

When filling out the Energy Efficiency Survey, if you can't find your Duke Energy bill with your account number, please refer online at www.duke-energy.com and log into your online services account or contact the Duke Energy customer service line (available 24 hours a day) for help:

Kentucky and Ohio residents, call 800.544.6900

Indiana residents call 800.521.2232

North Carolina and South Carolina residents, call 800.777.9898.

What if my account number isn't working when I type it into the MyEnergyKit.org website?

When filling out the Energy Efficiency Survey online, if your account number isn’t working, contact Duke Energy's customer service line (available 24 hours a day) for help:

Kentucky and Ohio residents, call 800.544.6900.

Indiana residents call 800.521.2232

North Carolina and South Carolina residents, call 800.777.9898.

All customers can email their concerns to: PowerinEnergy@duke-energy.com.

What if I don’t have my Duke Energy account number on hand or what if I am not a Duke Energy customer? Can I sign up for an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

Yes. You can still sign up for an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit. Entering your account number will help ensure successful delivery of the Energy Efficiency Starter Kit, but if you do not have it available, please enter 000000 in the Duke Energy Account Number field and be sure to enter the residential address tied to your Duke Energy account. If you are not a Duke Energy customer, please check the box “No, I am not a Duke Energy customer” and enter 000000 in the Duke Energy Account Number field. Non-Duke Energy customers who have participated in the in-school assembly may be eligible for a partial kit.

Is the Energy Efficiency Starter Kit really free?

Yes. The Energy Efficiency Starter Kits are completely free, including free shipping. Duke Energy is providing the Energy Efficiency Starter Kits free to households in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio in an effort to empower users to conserve energy at home.

What’s in the Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

The Energy Efficiency Starter Kits contain items designed to help you reduce energy usage as well as tips to help you further reduce consumption. The kit for Duke Energy customers contains the following:
  • One 13-watt Energy-Efficient Bulb (ENERGY STAR® Approved)
  • One 18-watt Energy-Efficient Bulb (ENERGY STAR Approved)
  • Energy-Efficient Showerhead
  • Energy-Efficient LED Night Light
  • Kitchen Faucet Aerator with Swivel and Flip Valve
  • Bathroom Faucet Aerator
  • Water Flow Meter Bag
  • Combination Pack Switch/Outlet Gasket Insulators
  • Teflon tape (used for installing the showerhead and faucet aerator)
  • Hot Water Gauge Card
  • Duke Energy-Labeled DOE Energy Saver Booklet
  • Duke Energy-Supplied Product Information Instruction Sheet
  • Glow Ring Toy

The kit for non-Duke Energy customers contains the following:

  • One 13-watt Energy-Efficient Bulb (ENERGY STAR Approved)
  • Combination Pack Switch/Outlet Gasket Insulators
  • Water Flow Meter Bag
  • Duke Energy-Labeled DOE Energy Saver Booklet
  • Duke Energy-Supplied Product Information Instruction Sheet
  • Glow Ring Toy

How can I get an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

Every family that would like a free kit has to request one individually for their home. There are three ways to sign up for a free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit:
  1. Go online to MyEnergyKit.org.
  2. Call 855.386.9548.
  3. Fill out the postage-paid form provided to your school (found in student workbooks).

Who can sign up for a free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

Duke Energy customers (students, families, staff) associated with schools participating in the 2015-16 school programs Space Station Conservation and/or The Conservation Crew can receive a free kit (one per household). Non-Duke Energy customers associated with participating schools can sign up to receive a partial kit. Additionally, Duke Energy provides one Energy Efficiency Starter Kit per household over a 36-month period. If you received a kit before but don’t remember when, call the My Energy Kit Hotline at 855.386.9548 or email MyEnergyKit@nationaltheatre.com.

Is there a Spanish version of the sign-up form?

Yes. On the website (www.MyEnergyKit.org) there is also a form completely in Spanish. For further assistance with the sign-up in Spanish, please call our toll-free phone number at 855-38-MYKIT (855.386.9548).

Will I be asked to buy anything if I sign up for an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

No. You will not be asked to buy anything. The Energy Efficiency Starter Kits are completely free and your personal information is kept private.

Will Duke Energy spam or telemarket to me after I give them my information to get an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

No. Duke Energy does not share or sell personal information. Duke Energy will not share your information with outside groups and will only use it to deliver your free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit to your home.

I live in an apartment building where my landlord pays the energy bill. Can I still get an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

Yes! To ensure the successful delivery of the Energy Efficiency Starter Kit, please ask your landlord for your account number or be sure to include your apartment or unit number as a part of your address.

Why is Duke Energy giving away free Energy Efficiency Starter Kits?

Duke Energy is providing free Energy Efficiency Starter Kits to households in North Carolina and South Carolina to help reduce energy consumption. This effort will lower energy usage and costs in households plus conserve resources.

I received an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit last year. Can I get another this year?

Unfortunately, Duke Energy can only provide one Energy Efficiency Starter Kit per household over a 36-month period, so if you received a kit last year you will not be able to receive one this year.

If I got a kit before, what will happen with my sign-up?

If you sign up for a kit but it turns out you received a kit within the last 36 months, you’ll get a letter thanking you for your participation and explaining that you will be eligible to receive a kit again once the 36-month period has passed. Your sign-up for this year will still credit your school toward winning $10,000.

Are CFLs safe to use?

CFLs contain very small amounts of mercury sealed within the glass tubing - an average of 4 milligrams - which is about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFLs to equal that amount. The mercury is held within the bulb and is not released unless the bulb is broken. Most makers of light bulbs have reduced mercury in their fluorescent lighting products. Thanks to technology advances and a commitment from members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the average mercury content in CFLs has dropped 20 percent or more in the past several years. Some manufacturers have even made further reductions, dropping mercury content to 1 milligram per light bulb. All CFLs provided through the Duke Energy optional program are UL and ENERGY STAR rated and should be used and disposed of by customers in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs may flicker, dim and emit an odor or smoke at the end of their lives. Mercury currently is an essential component of CFLs and is what allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. For information on CFL disposal please visit epa.gov/cfl.

CONTEST QUESTIONS

What’s this about a $10,000 school prize?

Each participating school that has 75 unique sign-ups credited to its name will be entered into two drawings for $10,000. For each additional 25 sign-ups, the school earns another entry into the $10,000 drawings. The drawings will take place on January 4, 2016, and June 1, 2016. A unique sign-up is defined as one sign-up per household during the 2015-16 school year. The deadline for the January 4 drawing is December 31, 2015.

How can I credit my school with my Energy Efficiency Starter Kit sign-up in the “My Energy Kit” contest?

The paper sign-up form allows you to write in the name of your school and your school’s city. On www.MyEnergyKit.org, once you enter your home address, complete with your ZIP code, a drop-down list of schools near you will appear on the site. Schools are listed in alphabetical order by name, and the schools that appear share the first three digits of your home ZIP code. In the event that your school is not listed, scroll to the bottom of the list and select “I don’t see my school listed here.” Then, write in the name of your school in the field that appears.

Can one person order enough Energy Efficiency Starter Kits for everyone at the school and can our school distribute them to everyone?

No. Kits are delivered to residential addresses. To receive an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit, each individual household must sign up independently. (Again, one per household.)

Space Station Conservation and/or The Conservation Crew visited my child’s school months ago. Can I still sign up for an Energy Efficiency Starter Kit?

Yes. You can still sign up. Please visit MyEnergyKit.org, or use the sign-up form provided to your school. For further assistance, please call toll-free at 855-38-MYKIT (855.386.9548). The deadline for sign-ups to be counted in the “My Energy Kit” contest is May 31, 2016.

How can I keep track of my school’s progress and number of Energy Efficiency Starter Kit sign-ups in the “My Energy Kit” contest?

Throughout the school year, The National Theatre for Children sends a weekly email to our school contacts with an update on your school’s progress. Your school’s progress is also posted at MyEnergyKit.org. (Click “Track My School’s Sign-Ups.”) Not only will you be able to see how many kit sign-ups are credited to your school, but you’ll also be able to see how that translates to real energy saved.

What are the chances that my school will win a prize?

Each participating school that has 75 unique sign-ups will be entered into either one or two drawings of $10,000 each. The deadline for the first drawing is Dec. 31, 2015, with the drawing on January 4, 2016. The deadline for the end of the school year school contest drawing will be May 31, 2016 with the drawing on June 1, 2016. If 75 unique sign-ups are reached before December 31 the school will participate in both drawings for $10,000. For each additional 25 sign-ups, the school earns another entry into the $10,000 drawing. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of valid submissions. A unique sign-up is defined as one per household (no duplicates accepted) with all contact information entered correctly and all survey questions completed.

How will we find out about prize winners?

Winners will be contacted directly via the contact information they provide. The National Theatre for Children will announce winners in the weekly email to our school contacts, post updates to “The Kit Chronicle” newsletter on MyEnergyKit.org and post winners to My Energy Kit Facebook and Twitter pages.