Entergy to Give Away 1,300 fans to customers in need

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fans are just one way customers can save on cooling costs this summer

Special to The Leader

Air conditioners are wonderful, but electric fans can be a great, inexpensive way to stay cooler on these long summer days.

Entergy Texas, Inc. is showing its commitment to customers in need of cooling with its 17th Annual Beat the Heat Fan Program. The program provides box fans to charitable, nonprofit agencies which, in turn, give them to their clients. This year, a total of 1,300 box fans will be distributed to almost 30 locations throughout the company’s service territory.

“With temperatures getting hotter every day, these fans are a way for Entergy Texas to help our customers cool themselves in the summer heat,” said Vernon Pierce, vice president of customer service. “Since heating and air conditioning make up more than half of your monthly energy bill, using fans can help you to run your air conditioner less and make a big impact on your bill at the same time.

“Fans use very little electricity and circulate the air, which helps you feel several degrees cooler,” Pierce continued. “However, fans cool people, not rooms, so remember to turn them off when you leave the room.”

Since the program’s inception, the total of fans distributed to qualified customers is more than 19,300 fans.

Deliveries throughout Southeast Texas will take place over the next two weeks. Distribution in Entergy’s eastern region includes deliveries to a number of key communities, per the list below.

  • Dayton, 50 fans.
  • Beaumont, 180 fans
  • Orange, 120 fans
  • Vidor, 30 fans
  • Winnie, 60 fans
  • Port Arthur, 180 fans
  • Sour Lake, 25 fans
  • Silsbee, 75 fans

Besides fans, there are a number of other ways to save energy and keep your costs lower without sacrificing comfort are:

  • Getting your air conditioner inspected. Inspectors can make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible. Don’t forget about air filters; some units require monthly cleaning or replacing.
  • Setting your thermostat at 78 degrees or the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree lower than 78 can raise your bill as much as 3 percent. So if you crank down the A/C to a cooler 72 degrees, you’ve already increased your bill by 18 percent.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat. As energy usage rises, costs also rise. If you spend most of your day outside of the house, set your thermostat to automatically shut off or raise the A/C setting when you’re away.
  • Closing blinds, shades and curtains to keep the sun out and the cool air in. Also, close air conditioning vents in rooms that are not in use.
  • Sealing cracks and holes around doors, windows and duct work. Weather stripping and caulk will help keep the cold air inside the house and the hot air outdoors.

“We also encourage you to visit entergy.com/savemoney to access a variety of energy-saving tips and calculators that will help you determine the best cost-cutting scenarios to suit your needs,” Pierce said. “And to avoid the billing spikes that extreme temperatures can bring, we suggest you sign up for Level Billing if you haven’t already done so. That way, you can better control your monthly budget.”

What’s more, you can benefit from Entergy Solutions, which offers ways to help you lower your energy bill and find new ways to save energy – and money – at your home or business.

For customers struggling to pay their summer energy bills, Entergy helps low-income, disabled and elderly customers through its customer-assistance fund, The Power to Care, which is funded by Entergy employees, customers and shareholders.

In addition to The Power to Care, bill-payment assistance also is available through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In 2016, over $5 million in assistance was provided to more than 39,000 Entergy Texas customers through these programs. For more information, visit the Entergy Texas website.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 440,000 customers in 27 counties. 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 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.