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How to save on your electric bill during extreme cold

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Frigid temperatures could likely mean a big Duke Energy bill is on the way. It can cost a lot to heat your home, but there are things you can do to lighten the load on your checkbook.

Duke Energy suggests drop the thermostat a few degrees, if you can stand it. Bundle up, wear layers or use an electric blanket. Sally Thelen at Duke Energy also suggests using its even billing program to avoid a larger than usual bill. "It's the sort of weather you're probably going to appreciate the even bill. So, you're not going to see the spikes in your bill and for that process you can true it up on the 12th month, we also have a quarterly true up for that service. That program has been very popular for us."

Power outages are always a concern when it's this cold but Duke says it did a lot of its maintenance in fall and spring so its facilities and vehicles are in good shape.
 
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