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DUKE POWER CUSTOMERS CAN SAVE MONEY ON WINTER ENERGY BILLS

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- Winter is on its way to the Carolinas bringing icy winds, chilling temperatures and sometimes higher home energy bills. Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) has a few suggestions to help its customers save money and manage their energy more efficiently this winter.
 -- Check the insulation in your home. Duke Power recommends R-30
 in the ceiling, R-12 in the walls 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
 covered completely. Duct work should be properly sealed
 together and not hanging loose under the house.
 -- Add insulated glass and doors to reduce unwanted heat loss.
 Like other insulation, storm doors and windows quickly pay for
 themselves through energy bill savings.
 -- 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.
 -- If you have a window air-conditioning unit, remove it in the
 winter to prevent heat from escaping through and around unit.
 If it cannot be moved, buy an inexpensive cover to prevent
 drafts.
 -- Caulk to seal cracks or crevices wherever two different
 building materials meet.
 -- Insulate your water heater. Use at least R-6 insulation. You
 can save enough in energy bills to pay back the cost of
 materials within months and then keep on saving.
 -- Keep your heating equipment in good working condition. Clean
 or change filters monthly.
 -- 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 not only help keep you comfortable 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 close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
 -- 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.
 -- Set the thermostat on a comfortable setting and healthy
 temperature and leave it there.
 -- Avoid placing lamps or television sets near the thermostat.
 Heat-producing appliances will affect the accuracy of the
 thermostat and thus the operation of the heating system.
 -0- 11~24~92
 ~CONTACT: Marianna Mason, Duke Power Co., 704-382-8374 or (home) 704-334-1906~
 (DUK)


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