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CenterPoint Energy offers tips to help customers remain cool and save energy this summer
Reliable, efficient air conditioners from Home Service PlusĀ® keep you cool

MINNEAPOLIS –June 06, 2011 - CenterPoint Energy’s Home Service Plus (®) (HSP) provides recommendations to customers to help them take control of their energy use this summer, while remaining comfortable and safe.  Replacing central air conditioning units that are more than 12 years old with an ENERGY STAR qualified model could save homeowners money during the hot summer season, when cooling a home accounts for a large portion of their energy bill.

“The warm weather and humidity of early summer can affect our customer’s energy bills and cooling equipment’s reliability,” said Joe Vortherms, director of HSP for CenterPoint Energy.  “By replacing an old model with an energy-efficient air conditioning unit could cut cooling costs by 30 percent and may qualify a customer for a rebate from their local utility. In addition, by having a qualified technician perform maintenance and minor services now, customers could prevent air conditioning unit failure and other inconveniences later this summer. A professional tune-up can save a homeowner up to $100 in annual operating expenses and is far less expensive than the average repair job.”

Manage energy and maintenance bills with a little preparation:
• Check the age and condition of the air conditioning unit.  It may be time for replacement once the unit has been in service for more than 12 years. Customers can view a Buyer’s Guide online at HSPtoday.com and find out how Home Service Plus® can assist them in their decision-making process.
• Schedule an annual tune-up by a professional, such as those provided by HSP, to ensure that the cooling system is operating safely and efficiently, and to help avoid costly and unexpected repairs.
• Change furnace filters regularly, even during the cooling season.  A forced air furnace distributes cooled air throughout the home.  A dirty filter restricts airflow, increasing wear and tear on the furnace and increases operating costs by as much as 10 percent. A good reminder is to change the filter each time you receive your natural gas bill. 
• Turn off and close the central humidifier damper.  The air conditioners primary purpose is to remove humidity.  With the summer weather, extreme heat and humidity results in longer cooling times for your home.

HSP carries Carrier and Ruud energy efficiency air conditioning models Customers can call the Customer Sales Center at 612-342-4610, or complete an online request form that can be found on HSPtoday.com.

HSP is CenterPoint Energy’s non-regulated business providing repair plans, repair and maintenance services and new product sales and installation in the categories of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).  HSP serves the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. For more information, visit www.HSPtoday.com or call 877-HSP-1664.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion.  With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.