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Duke Energy Offers Power-Saving Tips for Holiday Cooks Nov. 26, 2008

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

The menu may be set for Thanksgiving, but cooks should remember that using energy efficiently can pay holiday dividends.

Duke Energy encourages customers to remember these energy tips when preparing holiday meals:

  • When cooking, keep pans covered as much as possible. Foods heat quicker when covered Ė keeping cooking time to a minimum.
  • Make sure to use similar-sized range units and pots. Using too large a surface unit can waste energy and will not cook food quicker.
  • Turn the oven and surface units off a few minutes before cooking time is up. An electric oven or surface unit will remain hot for a few minutes after it is turned off.
  • Use no more water than you need when cooking. Heating extra water takes additional time and energy.
  • Turn off your exhaust fan as quickly as possible during cold autumn days. This will keep the warmth in your house.
  • Use a pressure cooker when possible. Cooking in a regular pot takes three times as long.
  • Plan meals so you can use the oven to cook several dishes at the same time.
  • Donít forget your microwave oven. It uses less than half the power of a regular oven and food cooks in one-fourth the time.
  • Donít open the oven door frequently to look at your food. Every time you open the oven door, the temperature in your oven drops 25-50 degrees.
  • Let hot food cool before putting it in the refrigerator or freezer. The warmth from the food will make your appliance work harder to cool.

Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 19,000 net megawatts of electricity to approximately 2.4 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 net megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.


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