Mississippi Power prepared for winter weather, offers energy efficiency tips

Mississippi Power prepared for winter weather, offers energy efficiency tips

With temperatures in south Mississippi expected to drop below freezing Friday evening, Mississippi Power wants customers to know it is prepared to respond to possible outages caused by Winter Storm Helena.

The storm system could potentially bring icing to trees and power lines, which may cause an interruption of electric service to some customers.

Mississippi Power officials are monitoring the weather very closely and are prepared to dispatch crews across the company’s 23-county service territory.

“Our crews have worked in all types of weather conditions – snow, ice, hurricanes, tornadoes and extreme heat – and are prepared to restore service to our customers,” Mississippi Power spokesman Jeff Shepard said. “We have a very weather-active service territory, and our crews train to respond quickly and safely if they are needed.”

Before, during and after a storm, customers who experience an outage can view Mississippi Power’s online outage map using a smart phone, tablet or laptop to report an outage and track utility crews as they work to safely restore power.

With the drop in temperatures, customers can follow these tips to help save on energy and keep their bill as low as possible:

  • Adjust the temperature to the lowest possible comfortable setting – Mississippi Power recommends 68° in winter.
  • Properly insulate your attic, walls and floors.
  • Change your air filters once a month.
  • Use storm windows or double-paned replacement windows to greatly reduce heat loss in the winter.

For additional winter energy saving tips, click here.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power earned the 2015 ReliabilityOneTM Award for outstanding midsize utility for excellence in storm restoration and recovery efforts as well as being a leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterLinkedInGoogle+ and YouTube.