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Delmarva Power Asks Customers to be Safe as Hot Weather Continues

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Current Heat Wave Could Last into the Weekend

NEWARK, Del. – Delmarva Power today urged customers to make safety a priority and conserve energy wherever possible as extremely high temperatures continue to affect the mid-Atlantic region . Extreme heat can be a danger to the young as well as the elderly and those with medical conditions. Avoid heat stress by staying in cooled areas of your home, local shopping malls, libraries or public buildings as much as possible.

While power supply in the region is sufficient to meet expected demand, soaring electrical use can lead to higher bills. By practicing safety and energy conservation, customers can keep costs down.

Delmarva Power offers the following energy-saving tips:

· Set air-conditioning thermostats at 78 degrees and use an electric fan, which doesn’t require as much energy, and the air will seem cooler without sacrificing comfort.

· Keep window shades, blinds, or drapes closed to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day and retain cooler air inside your home or business.

· Limit the use of electrically heated water and turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.

· Limit opening refrigerator and freezer doors.

· Postpone using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening .

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 498,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 123,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .