(STL.News) – High electric bills can be frightening, but with a little care and attention, they don’t have to be. So, while you’re carving pumpkins and trying on costumes this Halloween season, use these simple tricks to slash your energy usage:
- Vanquish phantom load by turning off appliances and electronics that use power even when you’re not using them. These “vampires” sit in stand-by mode and suck energy that can add to the cost of your bill. Plug these devices into power strips and turn them off regularly with the push of a button.
- Banish sneaky phone chargers and power adapters by unplugging them and whatever they are charging when not needed.
- Trap escaping air from windows and doors by using caulking or weather-stripping leaky areas and closing chimney flues.
- Ward off witches by lowering the heat on that fiery cauldron (aka water heater).
- Scare away ghosts with LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than traditional bulbs.
- Guard against evil power surges from lightning or voltage spikes by using surge protectors on expensive electronics and appliances.
- Keep ghouls out of your yard with Entergy security lighting.
- Add a hedge of protection by installing new insulation in walls and attics.
- Engage the superheroes of energy efficiency with the Entergy Solutions program.
- Treat yourself to a new Energy Star-rated appliance.
Even though Halloween is near, there’s no need to fear! Use these tips to keep high electric bills from haunting you.
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 458,000 customers in 27 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.