Companies offer safety, money-saving and other tips
BATON ROUGE, La. – It wouldn’t be January without an Arctic blast sweeping
across the country. The cold front is expected to drop temperatures into the
teens by midweek and bring a chance of frozen precipitation in some areas of the
state, so Entergy’s Louisiana utilities are prepared to respond to any power
outages that could be caused by the winter weather system.
“Forecasters are predicting that extreme cold will affect 70 percent of the
United States starting this week,” said Sheila Pounders, director of customer
service. “In fact, weather experts say that some 50 million people across the
country will see some of the coldest weather they’ve experienced in quite some
time. But even though we’ll be spared the worst compared to northern states, we
will still be affected by freezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 25 miles
per hour. Should we experience outages, our crews are ready to safely restore
power as quickly as possible.”
Customers are encouraged to download Entergy’s
free mobile app to access outage maps,
sign up for text alerts, report outages and view information. In addition,
storm-preparedness and safety tips are available to customers through the
Entergy Storm Center.
Make Safety the First Priority
“As with any storm, safety is always our first priority and we want it to be
yours too,” said Pounders. “We urge everyone to monitor the weather and prepare
to implement their own winter storm plans if needed.”
Here are some convenient tips. For more, visit the
Entergy Storm Center.
· Do not walk in standing water or venture into areas of debris since power
lines that could still be energized and dangerous may not be visible. Use
Entergy’s free mobile app or call
1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) to report downed or dangling power lines, poles
or other damaged equipment.
· Keep away from fences and other objects that can become energized if they
come in contact with downed power lines.
· Make sure to review
tips and, if needed, have a licensed professional thoroughly check your
· Maintain your outdoor pipes and have a licensed professional examine and
clean your home’s chimney.
· Don’t use candles or other flammable devices to warm your home.
· Check on seniors, who can be particularly susceptible to extreme
Stay Comfy, Save Money
Besides urging customers to keep safety at the forefront, Entergy’s Louisiana
companies also offer tips to help customers battle winter’s chill, while still
keeping a lid on energy bills:
· Adjust the thermostat. During winter months, grab a sweater or a blanket to
stay toasty, and set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Every degree higher can add 3
percent to your bill.
· Conserve hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater
blanket and set the thermostat to 120 degrees or medium.
· Replace air and furnace filters every 30 days or as required by the type of
· When you change your light bulbs, replace them with energy-efficient
models. Entergy recommends Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs
that use 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent
· Seal air leaks. Install weather stripping around doors, windows and any
location where there may be a path between the inside and outside of your home.
More tips, as well as clear, do-it-yourself videos, to help put these ideas
to work can be found at
entergy.com/savemoney. Customers of Entergy’s Louisiana utilities can visit
Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. provide
electric service to more than one million Louisiana customers. Additionally,
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana provides natural gas service to nearly 93,000
customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central
and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of
the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8
million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy
has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.