Entergy Arkansas Prepared for Winter Weather

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ol’ man winter has decided to make his presence felt in the South this week. Entergy Arkansas crews are on alert and prepared to respond to any power outages that could be caused by wintry conditions. “Entergy Arkansas is monitoring the weather forecasts through the upcoming weekend as it appears our service territory may be impacted in some way; be it rain, wind, snow or ice,” said Brady Aldy, transmission and distribution operations director for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. “Our crews will be prepared to respond quickly and safely should our customers’ service be disrupted. We also encourage our customers to stay weather-alert and take any precautions needed to ensure their safety.” Customers are encouraged to download Entergy’s mobile app to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through “Entergy Storm Center,” “myAccount” and “View Outages.” Through myAccount, customers can sign up to send and receive text information about power outages at their homes and businesses through their cellphones. Registration is easy. Make Safety the First Priority“We also urge customers to monitor the weather and prepare to implement their own winter storm plans, if needed,” Aldy said. “As with any storm, safety is always our first priority, and we want it to be yours too.” Here are some convenient tips. For more, visit Entergy Arkansas safety page. Do not venture into areas of debris since power lines that could still be energized and dangerous may not be visible. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment. Keep away from fences and other objects that can become energized if they come in contact with downed power lines. Maintain your outdoor pipes and have a licensed professional examine and clean your home’s chimney. Don’t use candles or other flammable devices to light or warm your home. Check on seniors, who can be particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures. Stay Comfy, Save MoneyBesides urging customers to keep safety at the forefront, Entergy Arkansas offers tips to help customers battle winter’s chill while still keeping a lid on energy bills: 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 medium. 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 light bulbs that use 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Seal air leaks. Install weather stripping around doors, windows and any location where there may be a path between the inside and outside of your home. More tips, as well as clear, do-it-yourself videos, to help put these ideas to work can be found at http://www.entergy-arkansas.com/your_home/save_money/my_resources.aspx. Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Corporation’s utilities own and operate 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. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

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