Duke Energy offers tips for how Ohio and Kentucky customers can stay warm, save money and conserve energy

CINCINNATI, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With weather forecasters predicting near-zero temperatures and below-zero wind chills in Ohio and Kentucky this week, Duke Energy has tips to keep energy costs under control while keeping you and your family warm.

To avoid a high-bill surprise, you can monitor and manage your energy use, even when temperatures drop for extended periods. Here are some things you can do to keep tabs on your energy use:

For customers who are unable to commit to specific dates for payments, Duke Energy partners with local assistance agencies that distribute funds to individuals in need. Each state has specific programs and eligibility requirements. Learn more by visiting duke-energy.com/home/billing/special-assistance.

Customers who have more than 12 months of usage history at their current residence may qualify for Budget Billing, a free program that gives customers the option of levelized monthly payments.

Budget Billing is ideal for customers who are unable to pay a large bill now, but can afford to pay the average amount.

In the event a customer is unable to pay a past-due bill, Duke Energy's customer service specialists are available to discuss the situation and provide assistance to meet the customer's specific needs. Specialists are available by calling 800.544.6900 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky's operations provide electric service to about 850,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 533,000 customers.

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky is a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

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