Companies offer safety, money-saving and other tips
BATON ROUGE, La. – Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana,
L.L.C. crews are standing by, ready to respond should a forecasted winter storm
cause damage to the electrical system in north Louisiana.
Forecasts call for the possibility of frozen precipitation across portions of
north Louisiana tonight and Monday.
“We hope there are no outages from this winter storm system, but we are ready
to respond,” said Todd Bordelon, senior regional customer service manager. “We
have a lot of experience restoring power as safely and quickly as possible, and
we want to assure everyone that we will do just that.”
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,” Bordelon said. “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.
· Live wires can be deadly.
Stay away from downed power lines. 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
· Don’t trim trees or remove
debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their
contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
· Keep away from the
immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving
equipment and the possibility of construction materials or limbs or overhead
wires falling to the ground.
· If you plan on using a
generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from
the utility electric system before hooking up to your home main electric panel.
· 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 temperatures.
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:
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.
hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater blanket and set
the thermostat to 120 degrees or medium.
air and furnace filters every 30 days or as required by the type of filter.
· 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 bulbs.
· 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 EntergySolutionsLA.com.
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 $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.