Senior citizens in South Carolina will soon benefit from a program that will help them better manage their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient, thanks to a $1 million donation from Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). In the DEC 2013 rate case settlement agreement, the utility agreed to make a shareholder contribution of $1 million to support senior-citizen outreach.
Utility customers here in South Carolina and across the country are being affected by phone scams, and we want you to be aware and prepared are being affected by phone scams, and we want you to be aware and prepared. Customers have reported instances of individuals portraying themselves as utility employees over the phone and warning them that they’re late on their utility bill or might need a new meter. The scammer then says that their service will be cut off if they don’t pay immediately, instructs the customers to purchase a prepaid debit card and tells them to call back with the numbers on the card.
Duke Energy wants to raise your electricity bill by 16.3%. This would be a more than $200 a year increase for the average customer who uses 1000 kwh of electricity each month.
CHARLOTTE — AARP members from the Carolinas joined a chorus of protesters at the Duke Energy shareholders meeting who feel the company’s rate hike requests are excessive in today’s economy.
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