City of Bossier receives $35k in incentives from SWEPCO for energy efficiency upgrades at Civic Center

Bossier Civic
Pictured left to right: Bossier Civic Center Superintendent of Building Maintenance Louie Thompson, SWEPCO’s Principal Energy Efficiency and Consumer Program Coordinator Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO’s External Affairs Manager Michael Corbin, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and Bossier Civic Center Executive Director Kathy Davis 

The Bossier Civic Center, located at 620 Benton Road, now features high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lights both inside and outside the facility.

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Texarkana Chamber of Commerce receives incentive for lighting retrofit

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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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.

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Get a free LED bulb at the Great Texas Balloon Race

Join SWEPCO at the Great Texas Balloon Race this weekend, July 27-28, 2018, as pilots from around the world compete in Longview, TX, for top prizes. Continue reading “Get a free LED bulb at the Great Texas Balloon Race”

10 tips to save energy in the kitchen

Man Taking Roast Turkey Out Of The Oven

The holiday season is here, and that means there’s quite a bit of cooking going on in homes. Continue reading “10 tips to save energy in the kitchen”

Ivan Smith Furniture completes lighting retrofit, receives incentive check

Trey Smith, general manager of Ivan Smith Furniture, receives an incentive check for the warehouse lighting retrofit from Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO energy efficiency program coordinator

Ivan Smith Furniture received an incentive check in the amount of $22,546 for the lighting retrofit at its central warehouse located at 5434 Technology Drive in Shreveport, LA.

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Summer energy-saving tips from SWEPCO

Use portable and ceiling fans whenever possible to help circulate air and help reduce the amount of air conditioning required.

SWEPCO customers can save money on their summer bills by following these energy tips to reduce energy usage in the home. Continue reading “Summer energy-saving tips from SWEPCO”