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PECO TO SUSPEND ELECTRIC SERVICE TERMINATIONS OF RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS DURING HEAT WAVE

 PHILADELPHIA, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PE) announced today that during the current heat emergency the Company will suspend electric service terminations of residential customers who have not paid their utility bills.
 PECO is suspending electric service cutoffs in an effort to assist customers in coping with the intense heat wave that has gripped the area.
 "We don't want to exacerbate conditions experienced by our residential customers during this unique heat wave," said Corbin A. McNeill, Jr., PECO's president and chief operating officer.
 Also, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Health Department's declaration of a Heat Alert, PECO will utilize their Crown Lights tonight through Sunday to flash the message "HEAT ALERT" -- CHECK ON SENIOR CITIZENS. The Crown Lights are atop PECO's Center City headquarters.
 Yesterday's peak customer electric demand reached 6,653 megawatts, beating the previous peak for the year of 6,167 megawatts logged on June 28. Company officials predict a new all-time peak could be set today or Thursday, with temperatures expected to remain in the high 90s. The all-time peak of 7,096 megawatts was set on July 23, 1991, on the eighth day of a heat wave.
 PECO said its electric generating equipment is ready for the current 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 tt? 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 use of 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 dryer and dishwasher.
 Leave refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
 For long-term efficiency, insulate and improve weatherstripping. 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: Neil McDermott of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4122/
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