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DUKE POWER HELPS CUSTOMERS COMBAT THE COLD

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Piedmont Carolinas brace for the coldest weather in years, Duke Power (NYSE: DUK) offers its customers some last-minute winter energy tips.
 Better home energy management is simple and inexpensive. The following steps can help customers reduce monthly power bills and make their homes more comfortable for years to come.
 WINTER ENERGY TIPS:
 -- Check the R-value of the insulation in your home. For existing homes, Duke Power recommends R-30 in the ceiling, R-12 in the walls (R-16 in new homes) and R-19 in the floor for maximum comfort and energy efficiency. R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow.
 -- Be sure your heating systems' duct work is well insulated and completely covered. Duct work should be properly sealed and not hang loose under the house.
 -- Add insulated or storm windows and doors to reduce unwanted heat loss. Like other insulation, storm doors and windows quickly pay for themselves by saving lost energy.
 -- Insulate your water heater with at least R-6 insulation. You can save enough money in energy bills to pay back the cost of materials within months and then keep on saving.
 -- Weatherstrip around all doors and windows. It's also a good idea to weatherstrip between heated and unheated areas such as garages, basements, attics, etc.
 -- Caulk and seal cracks or crevices wherever two different building materials meet.
 -- If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it for the winter months to prevent heat from escaping through and around the unit. If it cannot be moved, buy an inexpensive cover to prevent drafts.
 -- Keep your heating/cooling equipment in good working condition. Change filters monthly.
 -- Be sure heating registers and vents are not blocked by draperies or furniture. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.
 -- Take advantage of natural solar heat. On sunny days, leave the draperies open to allow the sun's rays to warm your house.
 -- Ceiling fans help keep you comfortable not only in the summer but in the winter as well. Reversing the direction of the blades pushes warm air down into the room. Fans should turn clockwise in the summer and counter-clockwise in the winter.
 -- Always make sure the fireplace damper seals tightly and remains closed except when a fire is burning or smoldering in the fireplace.
 -0- 1/14/94
 /CONTACT: Marianna K. Mason of Duke Power, 704-382-8374, or (24-Hour) 704-594-0681/
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