Entergy Arkansas Offering Cold Weather Tips

DECEMBER 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - With cold air entering the state and night time temperatures dipping into the teens, Entergy Arkansas is offering tips to keep Arkansans warmer for less dollars this winter.

The electric company suggests that Arkansans set their thermostats to 68 degrees, every degree over that is a three percent increase in heating bills.  Entergy says that heating accounts for 55 percent of a home's energy use.

The company also says that to keep warm air in, homeowners should weather-strip around doors, windows and wall seams.  Keep all doors and windows closed when the heat is on, open drapes to let heat from the sun in and be careful not to block heat vents with furniture or curtains.

Entergy says that furnace filters should be checked every 30 days and cleaned and replaced as needed.  And if you're traveling away from home for the holidays, set the thermostat to 55 degrees.

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