air conditioners and ‘smart strips’ given to elderly, disabled customers
JACKSON, Miss. – Some 75
Hinds County residents left Shady Grove Recreation Center feeling a little
better and a tad smarter about the heat today. After all, they had a new fan or
air conditioner in hand, and a ‘smart strip’ power outlet, courtesy of Entergy
Mississippi, Inc.’s Beat the Heat fan give-away program.
This marks the 14th year
of the program, which has provided more than 7,300 fans and more than 600 air
conditioners to thousands of low-income, elderly and disabled customers in the
This year, employees are
distributing 200 oscillating fans and 36 window-unit air conditioners to
pre-qualified Mississippi residents. Sixty-two of those fans and 13 air
conditioners went to the Hinds County residents. For the first time, Entergy
Mississippi is also giving away some 200 “smart strips” with every fan and air
conditioner. These multi-plug power strips are more energy-efficient than
standard power strips. ‘Smart strips’ monitor power consumption and can sense
whether computers and other devices are on or off. When a device is off, it
shuts off the power, eliminating the idle current drawn from them.
“Our elderly customers
are the most vulnerable when it comes to high heat,” said Louis Wright, customer
service manager for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. in Jackson. “So we are thrilled to
be able to give them these fans and air conditioners, and to help them offset
any additional electrical use by providing the new power strips.”
partners with county action agencies and the Mississippi Department of Human
Services to bring the Beat the Heat program to customers.
Inc. provides electricity to more than 437,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a
subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. 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 more than 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 15,000 employees.