Is SWEPCO A Great Place To Work? BIZ Magazine Finds Out.

In its August issue, BIZ Magazine selected 10 companies in Shreveport-Bossier that the editorial team felt were the best places to work. SWEPCO was among those selected for going above and beyond for their employees, alongside several of our customers including Citizens National Bank, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, HoneyBaked Ham, Kalmbach Smith Meadows, Louisiana Association for the Blind, Origin Bank, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and Vintage Realty Company.

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Charging Up For Back-To-School: Device Safety

It’s the time of year where backpacks are overflowing with new pencils, books and essential smartphones, tablets and other devices that go hand-in-hand with learning. Back-to-school time means we’re charging and using our devices even more to keep up with homework and hectic days.

Here’s a few tips to stay safe while using your devices.

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Lockesburg Industrial Technology Institute receives grant for PLC Trainers

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Customer Service Representative Paul Knowles (second from left), Turk Plant Manager Tim Gross (fourth from right) and External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland (foruth from left) presented the donation to UA Cossatot administrators. UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade; Skilled and Technical Sciences Division Chair Steve McJunkins; Chancellor Steve Cole; Director of Public Services and Workforce Development Tammy Coleman; Ashdown Campus Director Barry Reed and Vice Chancellor of Academic Services Ashley Aylett all accepted the donation. Photo by Emily Newlin.

The AEP Foundation donated $30,000 to the University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation to purchase industrial technology training equipment for the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute (LIMI).

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Holy Angels’ AngelWorks Enterprises receives support from AEP Foundation

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Holy Angels’ Director of Business Development Melissa Ricou, Tracy T., Holy Angels’ Director of Development Kristen Powers, Glassell C., Bobby H., Maranda S., Katie P., VP External Affairs Brian Bond, External Affairs Manager Michael Corbin, and Josh H.

Residents and staff of the Holy Angels Residential Facility in Shreveport were thrilled to receive a $50,000 grant from the AEP Foundation in support of AngelWorks Enterprises. Continue reading “Holy Angels’ AngelWorks Enterprises receives support from AEP Foundation”

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce receives incentive for lighting retrofit

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Left to right: CEO and President of Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Mike Malone, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Programs Coordinator Mike Nix and External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland

The Texarkana Chamber of Commerce received an incentive of after taking advantage of our Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency program.

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Balloon Rally fun in East Texas

“Lifting Up Longview” had its 41st celebration during the Great Texas Balloon Race July 27-29.

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Why is my bill so high this summer?

During these long summer days, who doesn’t find themselves wanting to turn the thermostat down just one more degree? June kicked off the summer with above-average temperatures for Louisiana and 17 other states, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. We all know what that means: we’re spending more money keeping our homes cool and comfortable this summer.

With above-average temperatures, homes are requiring two to three times as much energy for cooling than during the same period last year. For people who are keeping their same routine, and even those who are increasing the temperature on their thermostats, air conditioning systems are running longer – and therefore using more energy – to maintain cooler temperatures inside homes. In mild seasons, your cooling unit may have to run only six hours a day; however, when temperatures are high, it may be running as much eight to 12 hours.

To combat the severe heat we’ve all experienced lately, there are a few low- or no-cost actions you can take to reduce your electric bill:

  • Avoid heavy housework between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., when temperatures are the highest. Save cleaning dishes, using the oven and washing laundry for cooler parts of the day. These appliances create heat and moisture that put an extra strain on your air conditioner.
  • Clean or change the air filters in your A/C unit. Dirty filters cause the equipment to work harder, using up to five percent more energy than a clean filter. A good rule of thumb is to check your filter each time you pay your electricity bill.
  • Keep direct sunlight out of your home as much as possible. Close curtains, shades and blinds to hold down the temperature inside the home.
  • Use fans to circulate the air when you’re in the room. The breeze makes the air feel cooler that it is. Fans are a low-cost way to feel cooler because they only cost $1-2 a month to operate.
  • Upgrade or install insulation to reduce cooling costs by as much as 20 percent.
  • Raise your thermostat’s temperature a degree or two, if you can. Each degree will save you about seven percent on your cooling costs.
  • Inspect, repair or implement weatherstripping around doors and windows to prevent expensive air leaks. Cumulatively, all of the leaks in your house add up to the equivalent of leaving a window open and air conditioning the neighborhood.
  • Switch to LED light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer, allowing you to spend years without climbing a ladder to change a bulb. They also emit less heat, keeping your home a bit cooler.
  • Eliminate unexpected high bills by signing up for SWEPCO’s Average Monthly Payment (AMP) plan, which is free for those who qualify. You pay an amount each month based on your average monthly electrical usage. That way, you spread the costs of cooling over the whole year, making budgeting easier, especially on a fixed income.

With a look beyond summer and into winter, you will also find that many of these tips will keep your home warm and cozy in the winter because they help stabilize the climate inside your home, regardless of extreme temperatures.

For more tips, visit http://SWEPCO.com/save to find more ways to save energy year-round.