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HEATWAVE LINGERS AS SUMMER SEASON BEGINS -- PECO OFFERS SUMMERTIME ENERGY SAVINGS TIPS

 PHILADELPHIA, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the first day of summer, and the hot, humid weather persists throughout the region.
 Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) says it expects the steamy weather to drive demand for electricity to peak levels for the year. PECO's customer demand for this afternoon is estimated to be more than 6,200 megawatts. That's somewhat lower than last summer's electric peak, set July 15 at 6,617 megawatts, but would be the highest energy usage thus far for 1993.
 PECO said its electric generating equipment is ready for the summer demand, and the Company is well-prepared to meet increased customer demand.
 For customers trying to keep cool and control higher electric bills, PECO suggests the following energy savings tips for summer:
 -- Most importantly, use air conditioning efficiently. Increased air conditioning is the single greatest contributor to higher energy bills. Don't overcool. Try to maintain a 15 degree temperature difference between inside and outside. This works best with central air conditioning systems or window units that cycle for energy efficiency.
 -- Turn off air conditioners when area is unoccupied for longer than four hours.
 -- Clean air conditioner vents and filters often, at least once a month.
 -- Use ceiling and attic fans to circulate air.
 -- Keep rooms where "warm" activities take place, like cooking and laundry, closed to contain any heat produced, and minimize any appliances and lights that create heat.
 -- Keep doors, windows and draperies closed during the day to block sunlight from entering a room.
 -- Open windows and doors and use fans positioned appropriately at night, or when there's a breeze, to cross-ventilate cooler air.
 -- Turn off non-essential lighting and minimize use of major appliances, such as electric hot water heater, clothes ?and dishwasher.
 -- Leave refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
 -- For long-term efficiency, insulate and improve weather-stripping. PECO also offers landscaping tips for energy efficiency. Awnings and landscaping can reduce the operating cost of cooling equipment.
 PECO said simple steps for energy conservation can lead to significant savings when the monthly bill arrives.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wood of PECO, 215-841-4125/
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