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Call 811 Before You Dig in the Dirt - It Can Save Your Life April 24, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Calling 811 before digging can save you money or your life.

As warmer weather takes hold in the Carolinas, families and business owners start planting flowers and trees, building fences or simply freshening up yards and buildings. Many of these projects involve some form of digging.

Duke Energy reminds customers that accidental contact with underground electric power lines, natural gas lines, communication lines, water lines and other utility services is extremely dangerous.

Avoiding this danger and expense is simple just call 811 before you dig. By calling 811 from anywhere in the United States, people are automatically put in touch with their local utility underground locating service. They can then ask the 811 representative to notify all local utilities to come to their property and mark the location of underground wires and pipes.

Calling will help avoid death or serious injury caused by coming in contact with a power or gas line. Also, home and business owners can save potentially thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs if an underground power line, gas pipe, phone cable or water line is accidentally ruptured or broken.

More information is available at: http://www.call811.com.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., its regulated utility operations serve 4 million electric customers in the Carolinas, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and a half-million natural gas customers in Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Power and International Energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. A Fortune 500 company, Duke Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

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