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With sub-freezing temperatures forecasted, CenterPoint Energy provides tips to save energy and stay safe while keeping warm​ 

Houston – Jan. 10, 2024 –  Over the coming days, significantly colder temperatures are expected throughout Texas, with many areas of the state forecast to see below-freezing temperatures. CenterPoint Energy is reminding customers about simple energy-saving and safety steps to help them lower heating bills, while continuing to stay safe and warm this winter. 

Energy-saving Tips 

  • Make sure your heating system is operating safely and efficiently. An annual inspection and tune-up by a qualified technician are recommended. 


  • Change or clean your furnace filter regularly. This helps maximize your furnace’s efficiency and life. 


  • Turn down your thermostat. By lowering your thermostat by 7-10 degrees at night or when you’re away for at least eight hours, you can potentially save 10% on your heating costs. With a programmable thermostat, you can have your heating system work around your schedule.   


  • Keep warm air in and cold air out of your home. Use caulk or weather-stripping to seal leaks around doors, windows and other openings such as pipes or ducts. Close fireplace dampers when not in use, so you don’t lose heat. 


  • Close window coverings and blinds. This will help insulate against the cold air outside. 


  • Circulate warm air with your ceiling fans. Set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise slowly to move warm air from the ceiling to your living levels.

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Safety Tips 

  • Use space heaters safely. Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off, and keep children, pets and all items at least three feet away from it. A space heater that uses natural gas, propane or wood should be vented to the outside. Stoves and ovens should never be used for space heating. 


  • Test your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms to make sure they work properly. Change batteries regularly. Alarms don’t last forever, so replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  


  • Know the signs of CO poisoning. Early symptoms such as headache and fatigue are similar to the flu, but without a fever. Continued CO exposure can lead to more severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, difficulty thinking clearly and fainting. If everyone in a household is experiencing these symptoms, it could be CO poisoning. If you suspect you could have CO poisoning, leave the area immediately, get fresh air and call 911.
  • Immediately report a suspected natural gas leak. If you smell the “rotten egg” odor of natural gas, immediately leave on foot, go to a safe location and call both 911 and CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786. Don’t use electric switches and outlets, phones (including cell phones), drive or start a car inside or close to the location or do anything that could cause a spark. 


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