Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (Air Fryer and Convection Oven friendly)

By Shelly Marie Redmond, Culinary Dietitian, Founder of Skinny Louisiana

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and halved
  • 2 slices of low-sodium turkey bacon, cut in small pieces
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium Cajun seasoning (we used Tony’s Spice N’ Herbs Creole Seasoning)

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss until Brussels are well coated.
  • Pour all ingredients into Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook at 360 for 15 minutes. Shake basket. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Oven Directions:

  • Line baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil. Pour Brussels on lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 60, Total fat: 3g, Cholesterol: <5mg, Sodium: 250mg, Total carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 3g.

NET CARBS: 4g.

Recipe Developed by Culinary Dietitian and Skinny Louisiana Founder, Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker and Instant Pot. Be sure to like Skinny Louisiana on Facebook and watch her weekly cooking videos on the Skinny Louisiana You Tube Channel. Questions for Shelly? Email her at shelly@skinnylouisiana.com.

Texarkana Aluminum receives nearly $100k in SWEPCO incentives for Lighting Upgrades

From left to right: Texarkana Aluminum General manager and Director of Operations Matthew Houston, Texarkana Aluminum Senior Director of External Affairs Amy Bowers and SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Mike Nix.

SWEPCO recently presented Texarkana Aluminum with a $94,987.74 incentive check for an energy efficient lighting project at its aluminum mill in Texarkana, Texas.

The mill now boasts more LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with the goal eventually to have all LED lighting. LEDs have longer lifespans and lower maintenance costs compared to the mill’s previous and existing metal halide and T5 fluorescent lighting.

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Hybrid Water Heaters 101

Hybrid water heaters have heat pump technology to transfer heat from the surrounding air to the water in its tank. This process uses less energy than generating heat, saving you money! Learn more about the benefits of hybrid water heaters and other efficient appliances at SWEPCO.com/Appliances.

Take part in NWLA’s First National Drive Electric Week Event

Join us for Northwest Louisiana’s inaugural National Drive Electric Week event on Saturday, September 14, from 10am to 2pm in the Shreveport Whole Foods Market parking lot.
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Heat Pumps 101

Did you know heat pumps are the most efficient heating and cooling systems available today?

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No-cost, low-cost tips to save energy (and money)

A customer’s bill will lower as the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures becomes smaller, according to Energy.gov.

As temperatures climb this week in the Ark-La-Tex, so will energy use. In addition to encouraging you and your family to stay hydrated, we also want to share with you some tips on how you can conserve energy and keep your electric bill in check.

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Low-Carb Shrimp and Sausage Cauliflower Jambalaya (Induction burner recipe)

By Shelly Marie Redmond, Founder, Skinny Louisiana

You won’t believe how our low-carb picnic menu – including our low-carb shrimp and sausage cauliflower jambalaya – was made using an induction burner on park grounds. Need a quick low-carb family reunion menu? Follow our step-by-step guide.

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New electric buses lower operating costs by 75 percent in Shreveport, Louisiana

By Dinero Washington, CEO Shreveport Area Transit System (SporTran)

On Nov. 11, 2017, five battery-electric buses almost silently hit the streets of Shreveport, La., the third-largest city in the state, joining a fleet of nearly 50 older diesel-powered buses and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses serving a population of 200,000. As CEO of the city’s public transit system, it was a big day for me and my team. Our mission was to seek innovative, fuel- and cost-efficient solutions for public transportation. Would an investment in electric buses make a difference?

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Department of Energy awards 5 SWEPCO contractors with Century Club Award

A group photo from the 2019 Century Club Award Luncheon.

On May 22, SWEPCO co-hosted a luncheon with Black Hills Energy to present five Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors with the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy Century Club Award. Each of these contractors improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes of SWEPCO Arkansas customers in 2018.

The 2019 recipients are:

  1. National Energy Conservation Services, a SWEPCO contractor since 2013
  2. Energy Misers, Inc., a SWEPCO contractor since 2014
  3. Evans Go Green, a SWEPCO contractor since 2014
  4. e3 solutions, a SWEPCO contractor since 2015
  5. D&A Conservation, a SWEPCO contractor since 2016
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SWEPCO participates in Cabot’s worldwide Sustainability Day

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Debra Miller uses a display to compare LED lighting to incandescent lighting with a Cabot employee.

On Thursday, May 16, Cabot Corporation hosted its first Sustainability Day for its more than 4,500 employees across all of its locations worldwide. Suzanne Scribner, Environmental Manager of Cabot’s plant in Marshall, Texas, reached out to SWEPCO’s Energy Efficiency team to see if they would like to participate by providing Cabot employees with energy saving information.

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinators Kawona Abmas and Debra Miller, who both oversee SWEPCO’s Residential Energy Efficiency Programs, were quick to volunteer! They met with more than 80 Cabot employees over a period of two and a half hours to discuss ways to save energy at home and at work.  

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