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DUKE POWER TIPS FOR BEATING THE HEAT; SAFETY AND SAVINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME

 DUKE POWER TIPS FOR BEATING THE HEAT;
 SAFETY AND SAVINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) is committed to educating its customers about energy conservation and promoting public safety awareness programs. In an effort to help "beat the heat" this summer, Duke Power has compiled the following tips to help customers stay healthier and more energy efficient when the temperature rises. For additional information customers may call their local Duke Power office.
 DUKE POWER SUMMER HOME TIPS:
 -- Use fans to draw cool air inside during the night and
 circulate air throughout your home during the day.
 -- If your home is air conditioned, set the thermostat on 78
 degrees or higher. Each degree below 78 will add about
 5 percent to your cooling costs.
 -- Change or clean the air conditioning filter once a month. A
 dirty filter causes your air conditioner to work harder and
 use more energy.
 -- Place heat producing appliances such as lamps and televisions
 away from the air conditioning thermostat.
 -- Draw blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the
 day. Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a
 light bulb is heat.
 -- Save moisture-making jobs like mopping, dish washing and
 laundry for early morning or night-time hours. The humidity
 these activities add to your home can make it uncomfortable.
 -- Call your local Duke Power office to set up a free home energy
 audit and learn how to save money and energy.
 -- Remember that hot weather can be dangerous to older adults and
 people with medical problems. Call for help if you or someone
 you know experiences symptoms such as:
 Dizziness Chest pains
 Rapid heartbeat Extreme weakness
 Diarrhea Mental changes
 Nausea Problem breathing
 Throbbing headache Vomiting
 Dry skin without sweating Cramps
 -- If you are taking medication, check with your doctor or
 pharmacist for advice. Some drugs can make you more
 vulnerable to the heat.
 -- Stay in a cool place. If your home is not air conditioned,
 visit a library, movie theater or other public facility
 during the hottest part of the day.
 -- Take a cool bath or shower. Cool water removes extra body
 heat 25 times faster than cool air.
 -- Avoid hot or heavy foods and drink liquids often. In hot
 weather, your body needs more fluid than thirst will indicate.
 -- Avoid alcohol. It may interfere with your body's ability to
 fight heat stress.
 -- Choose lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
 Cotton is one of the most comfortable in hot weather because
 of its ability to "breath."
 -- Slow down. Take it easy, especially during the hottest part
 of the day. Physical activity adds to the heart's workload.
 -0- 7/9/92
 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason of Duke Power Company, 704-382-8374 (office) or 704-334-1906 (home)/
 (DUK) CO: Duke Power Company ST: North Carolina IN: OIL SU:


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