Feel a Cool Draft at Home? There’s Help for That!

BEAUMONT, February 7, 2013 – Old Man Winter has definitely made an appearance in Southeast Texas. But if 2013 is at all typical the worst—and coldest—is yet to come.

“Our winters are generally mild, compared to many parts of the country,” said Kelley Carson, manager of Entergy Texas, Inc.’s energy efficiency programs. “If there is any month we can look to for hard freezes or even the occasional snowflake, it will be in February.”

Fortunately for the utility’s customers, the company has just kicked off its 2013 energy efficiency program year. And for those who feel a chill in the air inside their home as well as outside, one of those programs might be just the ticket.

“Our programs can be roughly divided into three categories,” Carson said.

“We have programs to help residential customers as well as programs for commercial businesses and schools and governmental entities. Altogether, we spend about $8 million a year to make Southeast Texas more energy efficient and that also means more comfortable.

“For residential customers in particular, these programs are available at little to no cost,” he added.

By calling one of Entergy’s qualified vendors, customers can set an appointment for the vendor to test their home for its energy efficiency. The vendor will also determine what needs to be done and then provide the materials and labor to actually follow through.

Entergy Texas annually provides tips and ideas for homeowners in need of making their homes more energy efficient. They include measures such as sealing leaks, adding insulation and adding weather stripping among other things. These tips, along with simple how-to ideas and videos are available at entergytexas.com/savemoney. Some customers, however, may need a little more assistance or simply want to take advantage of what’s available. That’s where the company’s programs come into play.

Since the energy efficiency programs were put in place in 2002, more than 50,000 customers have participated with some $43 million spent in program incentives. As a result, enough CO2 has been removed from the air to equal taking 20,000 cars off the road.  The program has also installed nearly 600,000 CFL light bulbs and has saved 182.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy use.

“We’re very proud of what our programs have accomplished and look forward to taking them to thousands more customers in 2013,” Carson said.

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