Safety tips and conservation advice can be found at
BATON ROUGE, La. – With cooler
temperatures predicted for the coming weekend and over Christmas in the Baton
Rouge area, customers are likely to be cranking up their gas heaters to battle
the chill. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. wants to pass along a few gas
safety tips as well as conservation measures to help those customers reduce
their energy use, manage costs and – most of all – enjoy a safe holiday and
“Safety is our top priority,” said
Sheila Pounders, regional customer service manager in the Baton Rouge area.
“Entergy works hard to ensure safe, reliable service for our customers every
day. We want to make sure that everyone knows they have the power to conserve
energy, save money and, most importantly, operate their heating systems as
safely as possible. Some customers may have turned on their heat for the first
time this year, so now is when reviewing gas safety tips is most important.”
Gas Safety Tips:
Have a licensed professional
thoroughly check your heat exchanger, flues and vents regularly associated
with gas heating equipment.
Clean or replace filters regularly
before they become clogged with dirt. Install new filters per the
Maintain your pipes and check your
chimney associated with gas fireplaces. The chimney should be examined
annually and cleaned regularly by a professional.
Customers should not use candles or
other flammable devices to warm their homes.
Customers can visit
entergy-louisiana.com for more
important gas safety tips.
If a customer loses gas service or
smells gas in the home, Entergy offers the following gas safety guidelines:
Customers who smell natural gas
or suspect a gas leak should immediately call 1-800-ENTERGY (before doing so,
customers should step outside of the home as using a telephone could ignite a
Open windows, top and bottom, to
let gas escape.
Refrain from using devices that
might create a spark, such as light switches, flashlights, electric garage
door openers and even computers.
Check the pilot light of gas
appliances (furnace, range, water heater, etc.)
Do not try to relight a pilot light
that is out.
Leave the premises.
Taking Steps to Conserve
Now is also an ideal time to make
some simple home adjustments to ensure winter chills stay outside. Entergy Gulf
States Louisiana offers these tips to keep warm and help customers better manage
their energy bills:
Heating can account for as much as 55
percent of your monthly electric bill. Setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in
the winter is an easy way to reduce how much energy you use. Every degree above
68 on the thermostat can increase your bill by about 3 percent.
Wall seams and places where
electrical, plumbing or heating systems penetrate your home should be sealed.
Additionally, weatherize the attic hatchway and install insulating gaskets on
all electrical outlets and switches.
Other Tips to Conserve Energy:
Wrap the water heater and the pipes
going into and out of the tank with insulation (please consult the retailer
and/or manufacturer instructions before installing).
Open drapes to let in solar heat
during the day. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.
Check air conditioning or furnace
filters every 30 days. Clean or replace them as needed.
Do not block heat registers or air
returns with curtains or furniture.
Keep all doors and windows closed
when the heat is on.
Close the damper on fireplaces when
not in use.
Set the thermostat back to 55
degrees if away from home for several days.
Customers can find answers to a
variety of energy-related topics, including what goes into energy costs and what
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana is doing to ensure affordable energy in the
Entergy-Louisiana.com/savemoney. The website also offers a series of easy to
use tips that can help customers take control of their energy use and lower
their monthly energy bills.
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies
serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy
Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in
southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy
Corporation’s electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana,
Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.