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Entergy and 'Rebuilding Together' making homes more energy efficient

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

As the fall and winter months roll in, Entergy and "Rebuilding Together-Calcasieu" are helping low-income families make their homes more energy efficient.

Dozens of Entergy employees teamed up Thursday morning to weatherize homes around Lake Charles by caulking windows, changing light fixtures and covering water heaters.

"We've had this partnership with Rebuilding Together-Calcasieu for 20 years now," said Chip Arnould of Entergy. "When we come out and improve these homes and make them more energy efficient, it works. Homeowners see lower energy bills."

Suzanne Guillory is a Lake Charles homeowner who had her home weatherized Thursday morning.

"It's a huge help. Fixing things around the house is what I loved to do, but now that I'm disabled, I can't really do it," Guillory said.

Homeowners are chosen through an application process put out by Rebuilding Together-Calcasieu.  Applicants must meet income requirements, must own the home they're residing in and must plan to stay at the home for a certain period of time.

"These people have raised their children in these homes and they're losing them faster than we can help repair to keep them in their homes," said Susan Mestayer, executive director of Rebuilding Together- Calcasieu. "Anytime we can help keep someone in their homes is a great" she added.

Catch up with one of the Rebuilding/Entergy teams and get some tips on how to make your own home more energy efficient, tonight on 7News at 6. 

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