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DUKE POWER OFFERS ENERGY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY COOKS

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- The menu may already b e set for Thanksgiving, but cooks should remember that using energy efficiently can pay holiday dividends.
 Duke Power (NYSE: DUK) advises customers to remember these energy tips when preparing holiday meals.
 1) When cooking, keep pans covered as much as possible. Foods heat
 quicker when covered -- keeping cooking time down to a minimum.
 2) Make sure to match similar-sized range burners and pots. Using
 too big of a surface unit can waste energy and cook food no
 quicker.
 3) Turn the oven and burners off a few minutes before cooking time
 is up. An electric oven or surface unit will remain hot for a
 few minutes after it is turned off.
 4) Use no more water than you need when you cook. Heating up extra
 water takes additional time and energy.
 5) Turn off your exhaust fan as quickly as possible during cold
 autumn days. This will keep the warmth in your house.
 6) Use a pressure cooker when possible. Cooking in a regular pot
 takes three times as long.
 7) Plan meals so you can use the oven to cook several dishes at the
 same time.
 8) Don't forget your microwave oven. It uses less than half the
 power of a regular oven and foods cook in one-fourth the time.
 9) Don't open the oven door frequently to look at your food. Every
 time you open the oven door, the heat in your oven drops 25-50
 degrees.
 10) Let hot food cool before putting it in the refrigerator or
 freezer. The warmth from the food will make your appliance work
 harder to cool.
 -0- 11~17~92
 ~CONTACT: Randy Wheeless, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8379, or (home) 704-535-8743~
 (DUK)


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