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Duke Energy customers set record usage

Posted December 16, 2010

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— Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas set an all-time record for power usage Wednesday morning. As the temperature drops outside, your thermostat inside usually goes up as well as your heating bill. There are some ways you can keep the cost down while you stay warm.(WRAL-TV5 News) Help with energy bills

Between 7 and 8 a.m., Duke customers used 17,570 megawatts of energy. That broke the record set Jan. 11, 2010, at 17,282 megawatts.

In Raleigh, Wednesday saw a low of 16 degrees and high of 37 degrees – about 17 degrees below normal. So far, it's been the coldest December on record at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"During a similar cold snap last year, the average residential customer saw a 30 percent increase in his or her power bill. We could see a similar trend this season," Gianna Manes, Duke Energy's chief customer officer, said in a statement. "We often forget that when the temperatures drop, our heating systems work harder and longer to maintain the comfort level in our homes."

About half of a household's energy use is consumed in heating and cooling, according to Duke Energy.

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