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DUKE POWER SAYS CUSTOMERS SHOULD EXPECT HIGHER BILLS

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power (NYSE: DUK) advises customers to expect higher electricity bills for the months of June and July due to the extreme weather conditions.
 "Our customers have set records for electricity consumption five times throughout this record-breaking heat wave," said Sharon Decker, Duke Power vice president-customer service. "Higher usage means higher bills and many Duke Power customers are starting to experience that for themselves."
 According to Duke Power, air conditioners account for at least 50 percent of the energy used in the average home. In 90+ degree weather, air conditioning systems must work much harder to maintain a level of comfort inside the home and therefore, use more electricity.
 Duke Power offers its customers options to help cope with high summertime bills including the Air Conditioning Load Control Program and the Equalized Payment Program.
 Customers participating in the Load Control Program allow Duke Power to temporarily interrupt service to their central air conditioning systems when the company is unable to generate enough electricity to meet customer demand. In return, customers' electric bills are credited about $16 per month from July through October.
 Another alternative to high summer bills is Duke Power's Equalized Payment Program designed to reduce the financial impact of fluctuating electricity bills. Based on previous electric statements, customers are charged an equal amount for electricity throughout the year.
 "The Equalized Payment Program keeps customers from having to guess how much their energy costs will be each month," said Decker. "It enables customers to better budget their monthly expenses and shields them from extremely high bills like those associated with this heat wave."
 Duke Power also recommends energy saving tips for keeping costs as low as possible during the remaining summer months.
 -- Set the thermostat on the highest possible comfortable
 temperature;
 -- Close curtains and blinds during the day to keep solar heat out;
 -- Clean or replace air conditioning filters EVERY month;
 -- Check weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows.
 For more information on Load Control, Equalized Payment or other Duke Power programs, customers can call the local Duke Power phone number 24 hours a day. For the most convenient, prompt service, Duke encourages its customers to call after 8 p.m. or on weekends.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8374 or 704-594-0681 (24-hour)/
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