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 RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- There's nothing like frigid weather to remind us of the importance of staying warm and using energy efficiently.
 On that score, Carolina Power & Light is as concerned as its customers. CP&L offers these tips for cold-weather energy conservation:
 -- Keep the thermostat on your heating system at the lowest comfortable setting. If you are going to be away for several days, turn the thermostat to its lowest setting, but not to "Off." A sudden cold snap could cause water pipes to freeze and burst without some warmth inside.
 -- Check filters at least monthly and clean or change them as needed. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent and can damage equipment.
 -- Use exhaust fans sparingly in winter. Heat and moisture from bathing and cooking help to heat your home. But don't use the oven to heat a room.
 -- If your home has a fireplace, be sure the dampers fit tightly, and close them when the fireplace is not in use. Add a glass fireplace screen.
 -- Cover bare floors. Carpeting adds to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
 -- If possible, remove window air conditioning units in winter. Otherwise, install an inexpensive air conditioner cover to stop drafts coming through the vents.
 -- Use ceiling fans in winter to distribute heat around the room. Reverse the direction of the fan blades from that used for summer cooling.
 -- Use insulated or heavy curtains on windows facing the north side of the house. Keep curtains and shades closed at night and on cloudy days.
 -- Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking air registers or returns.
 In the kitchen and elsewhere:
 -- Keep the oven, the refrigerator and other appliances clean. Clean equipment runs more efficiently.
 -- Use microwave ovens whenever possible. They use less than half the power of a conventional oven.
 -- Defrost frozen food by placing it in the refrigerator overnight. This helps cool the refrigerator so it won't run as much.
 -- Use the dishwasher and clothes washing machine for full loads only.
 -- Wrap your water heater with an insulation blanket, available at hardware stores. It will help you save about $20 a year on energy costs.
 CP&L offers a variety of energy- and money-saving programs, including a 6-percent Home Energy Loan, the Heat Pump Finance Program, the Common Sense House 5-percent energy discount and the EZ-$64 Plan. Residential customers interested in learning more about these and other CP&L programs should call their local CP&L office.
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 /CONTACT: R.E. "Dick" Stanard, CP&L, 919-546-6189/

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