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DUKE POWER TIPS FOR 'KEEPING YOUR COOL THIS SUMMER'

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is here. Not only does that mean rising temperatures, but often rising energy costs.
 Appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators must work harder to keep homes comfortable in the summer months. Therefore, many Duke Power customers experience an increase in their electric bills.
 Duke Power wants to help its customers make wise energy choices and better manage their energy expenses this summer.
 Most of the following energy saving tips require little or no expense and can greatly reduce summertime energy costs.
 DUKE POWER SUMMER HOME TIPS:
 -- Make sure your central air conditioning system or window unit is properly sized for the space it is intended to cool. Improperly sized units use more energy than necessary.
 -- Remember that window air conditioning units are not designed to cool more than one room.
 -- Remove and clean or replace window unit or central air conditioning system filters monthly. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder and use more energy.
 -- If you have a central air conditioning system, do not close off unused rooms or close air registers in rooms. The system will work harder to cool adjacent rooms and cost more to operate.
 -- Make sure an outside air conditioning unit or heat pump is not blocked by shrubbery, leaves or other objects.
 -- Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting. Raising the temperature just 2 degrees will reduce cooling costs by 5 percent.
 -- To prevent inaccurate temperature readings, place heat producing appliances such as lamps and televisions away from the air conditioning thermostat.
 -- Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block the sun's heat.
 -- For homes without air conditioning systems, use fans to draw cooler air inside during the night and circulate air throughout your home during the day. Fan blades should rotate clockwise in the summer months.
 -- Save jobs that produce moisture -- like mopping, dish washing and laundry -- for early morning or night-time hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
 -- Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to relieve excess summer heat. Duke Power recommends 1 square foot of free area for every 150 square feet of total attic floor space.
 -- Check weather stripping around doors and caulking around windows. Properly sealed doors and windows help prevent warm outside air from entering the home.
 -- On hot days, cook outdoors, use a microwave oven or prepare cold meals to avoid excess heat in the kitchen.
 -- Call your local Duke Power office to set up a free home energy audit and learn how to save money and energy.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason of Duke Power, 704-382-8374 or (home) 704-339-0747, or 704-594-0681/
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