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 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power (NYSE: DUK) wants to help you save money and prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Making wise energy decisions and learning how to control your energy consumption not only reduces your monthly power bill but also helps conserve natural resources.
 The following energy tips are inexpensive and can save you a significant amount of money over the years. Becoming more conscious of your energy use and making a commitment to energy efficiency are the first steps toward effective home energy management.
 Winter Energy Tips:
 -- Check the R-valve 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 system's 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.
 -- When using your fireplace, keep all doors to the room closed and shut the room's heating vents. Otherwise, heat from the rest of the house can be pulled out through the chimney.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna K. Mason of Duke Power, 704-382-8374, or (24-Hour) 704-594-0681/

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