As Louisiana prepares for an extended period of freezing temperatures, Entergy is reminding customers to not only stay warm, but also smart when it comes to electricity and gas usage. Spokesman Greg Guilbeau says they like to encourage folks to keep their thermostat at 68 degrees.

"Every degree you go above 68 is up to a 3% increase in your bill," said Guilbeau. "So get a coat and blanket if you're still cool."
Other tips include sealing any possible air leaks around doors and windows, conserve hot water by wrapping electric water heaters, keep the air circulating. Guilbeau says it's also a good idea to leverage the sun.
"If the sunlight is out, let it through your windows," said Guilbeau. "At night put your blinds up to put a barrier between you and the cold weather."