Tips for saving money while staying warm

By From staff reports

After an unseasonably warm spell last week, a cold front moved across the South and brought temperatures in the 30s

and 40s to many areas around Louisiana. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC reminds customers that a little conservation, a

few lifestyle changes and some savvy bill management can go a long way toward combating the cold while controlling energy


“Saving on energy costs doesn’t have to mean giving up on comfort,” said Chip Arnould, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana regional

customer service manager. “There are many simple do-it-yourself projects that help protect against the chill of the winter

— as well as the heat of the summer — while also helping keep a lid on energy bills.”

Entergy suggests these energy savers:

• 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


• Replace 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 bulbs, which use 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

• Seal air leaks. Weatherstrip around doors, windows and any location where there may be a path between the inside and outside

of your home.

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana also

offers ways to help customers manage their bills year-round, including

such options as

Level Billing and Pick-A-Date. With Level Billing, enrolled

customers’ bills are averaged over a rolling 12-month period,

so they are about the same amount each month. Pick-A-Date allows

customers to choose the date each month that their bill is


Seniors’ health can be particularly

susceptible to extreme temperatures, so it is important for them to stay

safely warm in

winter. For the elderly and disabled who may be in crisis, Entergy

Gulf States Louisiana offers The Power to Care, a program

that partners with councils on aging to help pay energy bills for

those who qualify.

Low-income Louisianans may also qualify

for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps


people pay energy bills and other energy-related expenses. For

information on how to apply for assistance, call 888-454-2001.