CenterPoint Energy wants Arkansas customers to be prepared for higher gas bills due to continued cold weather
Natural gas bills could be 40 percent higher this month compared to last because of increased usage
2014-02-05T06:00:00Z

HOUSTON - February 5, 2014 - CenterPoint Energy is seeing higher consumption by natural gas customers as a result of the continued cold weather throughout Arkansas. Customers should expect that the bill they receive in February could be 40 percent higher compared to the bill they received in January because of increased usage due to heating needs.

“Temperatures have continued to remain bitterly cold and customers used over 45 percent more natural gas in January than they did in December; based on bills mailed this week, an average residential customer's bill could be 40 percent higher than last month,” said Walter Bryant, vice president of Gas Operations in Arkansas. Actual bills will vary depending on how much natural gas individual customers consume based on the size and efficiency of their home, efficiency of their appliances, and at what temperature they set their thermostat.

“This increase is based solely on higher usage and not on increases in the cost of natural gas, which remains a great energy value. Our cost for natural gas, which is passed on to our customers with no mark-up or profit, is essentially the same as last year,” Bryant added. “Consumers can manage higher natural gas bills by lowering their consumption, making their home more energy efficient and enrolling in our Average Monthly Billing program to spread costs more evenly throughout the year.”

CenterPoint Energy also recommends the following tips:

Furnace: A furnace is the largest natural gas consuming appliance.

  • Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. If possible set it at 65 degrees when you are home and 60 degrees when you are away from home. Lowering your thermostat can help you save on your annual heating costs. Installing a programmable thermostat can help you automatically control your heat usage. Add on extra layers of clothing to keep warm.
  • Change your air filters monthly. A dirty filter restricts airflow and can increase the operating cost of your furnace by as much as 10 percent. A good reminder is to change the filter each time you receive your natural gas bill.

Water heater: The water heater is the second-largest gas consuming appliance.

  • Set the water heater temperature at 120 degrees and wrap water heater pipes. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees from 140 degrees and insulating your pipes can help you save on your water heating costs.

Other appliances: Although they consume less natural gas, you can still maximize their efficiency.

  • Run your washing machine, dish washer and gas dryer only with full loads.

Make your home more airtight and keep cold air outside:

  • Seal leaks around doors, windows and other openings such as pipes or ducts, with caulk or weather-stripping. The most common places where air escapes in homes are floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents, and electrical outlets.
  • If it has been a while, consider adding more insulation in your attic.
  • On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun’s warmth in. Close them at night to insulate against the cold air outside.

Visit CenterPointEnergy.com/MyEnergyAnalyzer to take advantage of our free online energy analysis:

In less than 10 minutes, this free, online energy analysis will not only help explain where you are spending your money, but will also make recommendations on how to lower your gas bill in the future.

Take advantage of CenterPoint Energy’s energy efficiency programs:

CenterPoint Energy’s energy saving programs include rebates for high-efficiency natural gas heating and water heating equipment and low flow devices, such as showerheads, spray valves and faucet aerators. To learn more about these money saving energy efficiency programs visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Rebates.

If a customer thinks they’ll have difficulty paying their natural bill, they should contact CenterPoint Energy at the number listed on their bill as soon as possible to discuss payment arrangements. For more information on how to save energy and money, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/ReadyforWinter.

​​
some_text CenterPoint Energy

View More Tweets ›

 Recent News

 

 

MPHA, SRC, and CenterPoint Energy Announce Weatherization Assistance Pilot Program for Glendale Townhomes

​Sustainable Resources Center, Inc. (SRC), CenterPoint Energy, and the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) are pleased to announce a partnership to pursue weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements to Glendale Townhomes.

Glendale is a development of 184 family townhomes in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. It was built in 1952, making it the oldest major public housing property in Minneapolis. "These townhomes were built without many of the features and materials we would use today to best protect against our Minnesota winters," said Mary Boler, MPHA’s Managing Director of Low Income Public Housing. "The enhancements we can put in place over time, with these partners, should help us improve interior comfort and create real energy savings."

The process will start in April with selection of one of Glendale’s eight-unit townhome buildings for an initial pilot. Following a kick-off meeting with residents, SRC will conduct an energy audit of the building, identifying priorities for each unit, and begin the work. Lessons learned from the pilot will inform the approach to the remaining buildings.

"I am delighted to know that SRC, MPHA, and CenterPoint Energy will be working together to bring needed weatherization and heating resources to the Glendale Townhomes," said Minneapolis City Council Member Gordon, whose Ward 2 includes Glendale. "This energy and money-saving investment will help ensure safer, more comfortable, more energy-efficient homes for the residents of this wonderful, close-knit community for years to come."

SRC provides free home energy upgrades to hundreds of income-eligible homeowners and renters in Hennepin County each year. "Not only does the work permanently reduce energy bills, it also improves the health, safety, and comfort of residents," said SRC’s Executive Director Jed Norgaarden. "We are happy to have worked through the unique set of hurdles presented by this particular project, and look forward to getting started."

The weatherization and energy-efficiency measures will likely include wall and attic insulation, weather-stripping of doors and windows, and caulking at critical junctures. Additional enhancements could include cleaning, repair, or replacement of furnaces, water heaters, and vent fans, as well as installing smart thermostats and LED light bulbs.

"We have worked hard and faced considerable expense over the years to keep Glendale, like all of our properties, as comfortable as possible all throughout the year," said MPHA’s Director of Facilities and Development, Tim Gaetz. "In the coming months, we will be exploring how we can leverage this unique, three-way partnership to continue that commitment to the residents of Glendale."

Financial support for the project will come from CenterPoint Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy’s "Weatherization Assistance Program" (WAP), which is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

"We are pleased to be able to support this worthwhile project through our Conservation Improvement Programs," said Todd Berreman, director of energy efficiency for CenterPoint Energy. "Weatherizing these homes to modern standards will reduce energy costs and emissions and help improve the well-being of our customers."

CenterPoint Energy honored by Junior Achievement with A U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

HOUSTON – March 14, 2017 – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced that it has honored CenterPoint Energy with a Bronze level 2015-2016 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 5,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2015-2016 school year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award was presented to 64 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, on March 7, 2017 in New York, NY.

In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

"Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy. JA's volunteers are critical to our organization's success and are a vital part of our mission," said Rick Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

"Respect for the communities in which we operate is a core value upon which CenterPoint Energy has operated for many years," said Scott Prochazka, president and chief executive officer for CenterPoint Energy and JA of Southeast Texas board member. "Our company works with the communities we serve to enhance quality of life in the areas of community development, health and human services and education."

To learn more about what CenterPoint Energy is doing in your community, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community.

CenterPoint Energy honored by Junior Achievement with A U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

MINNEAPOLIS – March 14, 2017 – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced that it has honored CenterPoint Energy with a Bronze level 2015-2016 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 5,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2015-2016 school year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award was presented to 64 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, on March 7, 2017 in New York, NY.

In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

 "Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy. JA's volunteers are critical to our organization's success and are a vital part of our mission," said Gina Blayney, president of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

"Respect for the communities in which we operate is a core value upon which CenterPoint Energy has operated for many years," said Scott Prochazka, president and chief executive officer for CenterPoint Energy and JA of Southeast Texas board member. "Our company works with the communities we serve to enhance quality of life in the areas of community development, health and human services and education."

To learn more about what CenterPoint Energy is doing in your community, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community.

CenterPoint Energy Employees Present Workshop to Future Leaders

​CenterPoint Energy employees, in conjunction with the Beaumont Chamber Foundation, conducted a leadership workshop at Vidor High School on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 

Nearly 40 high school students were chosen by their counselors and club sponsors to attend this workshop in an effort to grow their leadership skills.  The workshop combined activities, group projects, and personality quizzes in order to acquire necessary skills to lead their organizations.  The leadership workshop was the first in a new initiative to train local youth to become effective leaders.

Matt McCallon, Senior Marketing Consultant, and Tara Vincent, Ops Support Rep were two of the three presenters to the group of high school students attending the workshop.  They were honored to represent CenterPoint Energy and impart skills and knowledge regarding effective communication, group collaboration, and a charge to share newly learned skills with their peers.  McCallon and Vincent work out of CenterPoint's Southeast TX District Office in Beaumont, Texas.

 

 

CenterPoint Energy recognized by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce with the Century Plus Award

HOUSTON – March 13, 2017 – CenterPoint Energy received The Century Plus Award presented by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to businesses that have been members of the chamber for over one hundred years. The awards were presented at the Member Recognition Luncheon 2017 on February 23. CenterPoint Energy district director Gary Chalk attended the luncheon and received the award on behalf of the company.