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Monday, December 7, 2015

Parking between the sidewalk and the street

"... Sect 146-531 defines the sidewalk as “the portion of the street between the curblines or the lateral lines of a roadway and the adjacent property lines intended for use by pedestrians”.  A curbline is the edge where a raised curb meets a street or other roadway.  From an engineering perspective, the actual raised curbs are not intended for or designed to support vehicles parking on them.  Based on the how “sidewalk” is defined in the City code, the design/intent of a curb from an engineering perspective (and to prevent damage to our curbs) and our established practice for enforcement, parking on the curb or anywhere between the curbline and adjacent property line is illegal per Sect 154-923(a)(1).  Per Sect 154-923(a)(6), parking within 20 feet of an intersection is also illegal.  Signage is not required in either instance for enforcement.  I will have my parking enforcement staff inspect this location for possible illegal parking.


Mark D. Jernigan, P.E., PMP, LTC (Ret)
Director, Department of Public Works
City of New Orleans
1300 Perdido St, Suite 6W03
New Orleans, LA 70112
Office: 504-658-8000

Fax: 504-658-8007

Monday, April 20, 2015

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates

Every summer in our Community Kitchen we have a large Summer Feeding Program where we send out 6-7,000+ meals a day for low-income children in summer camp programs around town. Children are out of school, thereby most at risk for hunger. We send out breakfast, lunch and snacks for over 4,000 kids in need Monday-Friday from our kitchen. We partner with over 80 feeding sites like Boys & Girls Club and community centers to distribute these meals around Greater New Orleans. This is our busiest time of year and we could not do it without our team of AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates and community volunteers. Each summer we have a team of about 20 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates that serve a 10-week-term in various areas within our Summer Feeding Program.

In the next month we will be looking to hire AmeriCorps for these positions, see below for information about the term of service and positions available. AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living allowance as well as an education award at the end of their service. This is a great fit for college students or recent graduates looking for a strong resume builder this summer!
About AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
AmeriCorps operates a short-term program during the summer months known as VISTA Summer Associates. AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates will serve a 10 week term at participating anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations in 12 states to build capacity, implement new projects and provide technical support to organizations in underserved communities. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded several AmeriCorps positions to Second Harvest to assist with this year’s Summer Feeding program.

To meet our needs, Second Harvest is seeking committed individuals over the age of 18 to fill AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate roles working as delivery drivers, administrative assistants and in meal production for a 10-week term from May 25th- July 31st. Associates must be able to commit to the entire 10-week term.
If you are interested in applying for these positions, please reply to Lauren Robinson, or (504)729-2849. Thank you all for your amazing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, have a wonderful weekend!

About Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank serves as the heart of a regional network of 474 partner agencies across south Louisiana, which is home to some of the most poverty-stricken communities in the United States. Through this network, we are strategically positioned to lead the fight against hunger and build long-term food security by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response to those in need in our area.
Community Kitchen Summer Feeding Program at Second Harvest Food Bank
Summer Feeding provides low-income children enrolled in Orleans and Jefferson Parish summer camps with a free breakfast and lunch each day. All of the meals are prepared in the Community Kitchen located at 700 Edwards Ave in Elmwood and then sent out for delivery. This year’s Summer Feeding Program will aim to deliver 6-7,000 breakfast and lunch meals daily to approximately 4,000 children.

Lauren Robinson

Volunteer Services Coordinator

504.729.2849 Direct

700 Edwards Ave | New Orleans, LA 70123

504.734.1322 | 504.733.8336 Fax





Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hold On...I'm coming...Hold on... Recovery Roads Repair coming in 2016

Please see the map of the Leonidas neighborhood from the Recovery Roads website:   

It shows what types of repairs are planned in this neighborhood.

The waterline replacements will happen in conjunction with the Recovery Roads work.

Repairs start SUMMER of 2016.

Thank you Cheryn Robles, City of New Orleans Department of Public Works,
for answering the Neighborhood's questions
about Roadway and Sewerage & Water Board repairs.

Waiting for Godot? No just Sheriff Sale

Let's take a look at some of the houses the NorthWest Carrollton has 
reported for Blight, followed up, attended hearings, sent emails to City Staff.....
AND been successful in getting a Blight judgement:

8209 Apple

This house has been blighted for YEARS and was reported by many neighbors.

Case:#14-07156-MPM  (but there are cases dating back to 2009!)
We'd also like to know why a house reported in DECEMBER 2012 was only inspected and added to BlightStatus in 2014?  
BlightStatus says
Mar 27, 2014 — Sheriff Sale 
Sale Stopped 
Why isn't it blighted enough!?

The property currently has 2 Case numbers and has been found guilty BOTH times.
This house has been a problem property in NorthWest Carrollton for years. 

What does it take to actually have a blight case go to Sheriff Sale?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Now what? 8515 Pritchard Place - Blight since 2012

The grass is no longer being cut. And there is a mattress piled up neat the front porch.....
Here's the problem: the city found this house blighted... in 2012.

WHEN is it going to go to Sheriff's Sale?
Sale/Transfer DatePriceGrantorGranteeNotarial Archive NumberInstrument Number
09-08-2006 $ 50,000GREATER BIBLEWAY HOUSING&COMMUNITY 06-38004 330425 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Before - After - Thank you NORA

8518 Pritchard Place  - NORA Sale Success


Last 2 Sales/Transfers
Sale/Transfer DatePriceGrantorGrantee

AFTER ...... AND it looks GREAT! 

The property was originally on a Auction List but never went to Sheriff's sale.  NORA owned it and did a property swap with a lady named Evie Kirk for her townhouse in New Orleans East.  Evie Kirk then sold it to Peter Gardner. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tulane's Yulman Stadium - Open House

 Welcome Neighbors!
Come take a peek at
on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014 
from 6–7:30 P.M.
snacks • giveaways • bring the kids
Parking: Rosen Lot
Enter: Atrium, Wilson Center

For more information:

Lock your Vehicles!!!!

CRIME ALERT!3 new crimes
TypeDescriptionCase #LocationAgencyDateMap It
Motor Vehicle TheftAUTO THEFTH28818148200 BLOCK OF EARHART BLVDNew Orleans Police8/22/2014 9:02:00 PMMap It
Motor Vehicle TheftAUTO THEFTH27970142800 BLOCK OF DANTE STNew Orleans Police8/22/2014 8:55:00 AMMap It
This is just the latest batch.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Painted Utility Box on Carrollton @ Apricot (Walmsley)

Perhaps you noticed the newly painted utility box on Carrollton? has program that works with neighborhood organizations to paint utility boxes.
Yep, that's a Raccoon in the tree.

Egrets and Herons are frequent visitors to NorthWest Carrollton

as are opossums

That would be Archie, the neighborhood peacock.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Neighborhood Watch and your Mobile Phone

NorthWest Carrollton has enrolled in Neighborhood Watch NOW.

We're testing out how this works.

Neighborhood Watch NOW is a new system that gives your community the power to record and stream un-deletable video straight to authorities as it’s happening.
Here’s how it works:
  • You can download the App to your smart phone
  • If you see something suspicious, record with the App and the video is stored in the permanent evidence vault
  • Neighborhood Watch Captains sign up for the Neighborhood Watch NOW Portal
  • When events are recorded and the “Call 911” button is pressed an alert is sent instantly to:
    • Member’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts
    • Neighborhood Watch Captain
    • Participating Law Enforcement Agencies
Together we can use technology to empower our communities!

You can Download the App (Apple or Android)
by clicking on THIS LINK

If you live between Carrollton and Leonidas and Earhart and Claiborne
use the Neighborhood Watch Name of
NorthWest Carrollton

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tulane University - Yulman Stadium Operations Meeting

Tulane would like to invite the Carrollton Area Network and its member organizations to a meeting at 6 p.m. on June 10 at the Wilson Center on campus. Tulane will present its football game-day plan for the six home games this Fall and answer any questions related to game-day operations. Please give me a call at 504-343-8937 if you need any information or would like to discuss further. Thank you, -- Paul Harang Director, Community and Neighborhood Relations Office of Government and Community Relations Tulane University 200 Broadway Street, Suite 126 New Orleans, LA 70118 Direct: 504.988.3394 Mobile: 504.343.8937 Fax: 504.988.3388

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Opposing the Perez development in Holy Cross

From: NorthWest Carrollton []
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 11:15 PM
To: Stacy Head;; Susan G. Guidry; LaToya Cantrell;;; James A. Gray
Subject: Perez Development in the Lower 9th Ward

Council members;

NorthWest Carrollton stands in solidarity with the Lower 9 Vision Coalition in its strong opposition to the Perez development.

Too many of us sat through far too many PostKatrina Planning Meetings, Master Plan Meetings and CZO Meetings to have the work that has been outlined ignored.
The proposed development does NOT align with the Master Plan, current zoning or the proposed CZO.
Seeing the work the recovering New Orleans community collectively accomplished during all these meetings ignored by the Mayor and newly elected Council is disrespectful of the citizenry.

C1A does NOT belong in a restricted corner of the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood
Just over the bridge, St. Claude Ave is a Main Street. 
Any development in the Lower 9 should respect the history of the main thoroughfare, St. Claude, and align with the rest of the St. Claude Main Street Program.

If you want to look at what happens when the kind of development Perez is proposing is tried in what is essentially a residential neighborhood, look to the history of the development at what was "Uptown Square".  It didn't work.  
Sure there is some success here but redevelopment has occurred and reoccured because it was never really the right thing in the right place.  IF New Orleans can't make this kind of development work in the more monied and developed areas of Uptown we really need to think long and hard about what will work for the people of the Lower 9.

The concept of "Density" should not be used to push a "Developers know best" mentality.  
"Density" only has a hope of working when the surrounding infrastructure and transportation options (Bus routes, street size, traffic flow options...) support it.
Before New Orleans starts pushing "Density" we need to be able to provide basic and consistent services.

Why should a Carrollton Area Neighborhood care?  Because we know that the  Lower 9th Ward is only the 1st in a long string "Developers know best" density battles to come.

The people who live in the Lower 9 KNOW what they want.  The City Council should listen.

S & W Leak in 2900 block of Dante

Yes it has been reported, REPEATEDLY!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Calculate your potential property tax increases

Use this handy dandy calculator from The Lens to calculate what your taxes will be
if Mayor Mitch gets his wish to raise our property taxes. 

Use the Assessor's Website if you need to check what your value your property is currently assessed. (And while you're at it make sure that it says you have a homestead exemption if your property is owner occupied!)

Please note that it looks like the proposal for JUST Fire & Police is 20 mills total, 10 mills each.
Oh and these 20 mills are JUST for Fire & Police.   Go ahead .... now....
Use the handy dandy calculator

Shocked? Probably. But not surprised, right?

When so many neighborhoods were jumping on the "Security District" bandwagon, 
NorthWest Carrollton did our research and decided against requesting one for our area.
Well for one we have a number of fixed income older neighbors and they were against it.
We believe that taxes for NOPD should come from and be used for the benefit of the WHOLE city.   

Crime doesn't conveniently stop at neighborhood boundaries.
Neither do Police Districts.

The "I got mine" Security District approach may randomly and rarely benefit a few or give a false sense of security to the neighborhood willing to tax themselves extra but if there aren't enough sufficiently paid police on duty.... it won't matter much.

What I am wondering is just how much of an increase in our property taxes can we take before the boom that New Orleans is seeing begins to bust.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Simple ways to stay safe and help your neighbors stay safe:

- Say hello to and know your neighbors.    A smile and a wave when you see each other does make a difference.

- Walk your dog!  And say hello as you walk.

- Turn on your porch light.    Use LED Bulbs they may be a bit more expensive up front but last for years and cost pennies to run.

- Put up a NorthWest Carrollton yard sign.   It shows NOPD patrols when they are in our neighborhood and reminds them that we have an active Neighborhood Watch.

- For $25 you can order an NOPD metal Neighborhood Watch sign.  We will be placing an order this May.  Check for the Utility Pole nearest your house and we'll ensure that the sign gets installed. Contact if you are interested.

- Plant a tree.  Yes, strange as it sounds studies show that trees reduce crime.  Contact if you are interested.  We work with Hike for Katrina to get free trees to plant trees in the Fall.

- Anonymously report suspicious activity or submit a tip to CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111 or submit a tip online.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

8209 Apple

Reported and sited for blight....

Now we need a Sheriff's Sale.

Abandoned Vehicles reported to NOPD

Abandoned Vehicles reported to NOPD.


2800 block of Dublin
West side of street, near corner of Dublin and Apricot
Silver Spider 

2926 Dublin
Brown Stratus
No Plate


Corner of Apple and Dante
East Side
Blue Custom Deluxe Chevy Pickup

8404 Apple Street
Beige Olds Alero
No Plate

8400 Block of Apple
South side  Corner of Apple and Cambronne
Nissan Maximum
No Plate


8515 Pritchard
Red/White/Black Pickup
on property of house that is empty and blighted


2700 Block Cambronne
West side near corner of Apricot and Cambronne
Trailer filled with garbage…rats


8502 Apricot Street
Maroon Toyota Carolla
No Plate


2433 Joliet
Maroon Toyota
No Plate

2517 Joliet
Black Toyota Camary
No Plate


8400  block of Nelson 
North side
Green Chrysler Convent

8333  Block of Nelson
Blue Silverado Pickup 
ALA 2B79M27

8333 Block of Nelson
Blue Chevy Pickup
No plate

8329 Nelson 
White Chevy Express Van
No Plate

8229 Nelson 
Black Toyota Celica GT
Indiana 565LPC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 District A results

Looks like folks think that Susan Guidry could do a better job of representing West Carrollton-Leonidas. 

Take a look at the article on Uptown Messenger >>>

Thanks Brian Denzer!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Arts Market @ Palmer Park - shop local!

The Arts Market of New Orleans takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the LAST Saturday of every month.
Special Holiday two-day show Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22nd .

What kind of art is featured at the Arts Market? 
The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, and other delights. Between 75 and 135 artists display and sell their wares each month.

Map to the Arts Market of New Orleans in Palmer Park
Corner of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Ave.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Private Property Rights and your backyard

·         Clearing of trees: As the law stands now, one only needs approval of the City before trees are removed from public space (such as the right-of-way adjacent to the street). Removal of trees on private property is not regulated.

·         Paving: As the zoning ordinance is written now, the only limitation on paving is within the required front-yard. Beyond the 40% limitation in the required front-yard area one is free to pave their entire lot.

o   The draft zoning ordinance (CZO) speaks to more extensive paving, but that ordinance is probably about 6-months from adoption.

o   Additionally, the Sewerage and Water Board is proposing to create a mechanism to have people pay for the impact of their paving on the City’s stormwater system. The hope is that this will create an incentive to have more permeable surfaces in our urban environment.

o   Even though there is no limitation on paving, one is not allowed to shed water to a neighbor’s property. The property owner will have to accommodate their own water either through grading the lot to channel water to the street or installing drainage.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 Po-Boy Fest

Abita Beer presents the 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

7th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
presented by Abita Beer

Sunday November 24th, 2013
Oak St at Carrollton

No Saints Game! The Saints will have defeated the Falcons the Thursday before.

Named "Best Food Festival of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012" by Gambit Weekly

S.O.S. Volunteers needed!

Pitch in for 3 hours of your time and get a free Oak Street Po-Boy Fest T-shirt and an invitation to an exclusive Volunteer Thank You party.

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the community, and experience the rich culture of New Orleans. Here's how you can help on fest day: set up, host, greet, distribute maps, take surveys, staff VIP/Hospitality area or Kid's World, bus tables, hang signs, clean up, break down, and more.

To volunteer, please fill out our handy form at

Details for the Fest are shaping up!

Check our website for all the latest menus, schedules, and information!

The menus are out! Check out the delicious po-boys that will be served up by OVER 30 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS! Experience the best po-boys in the city all in one place for one day only. Save room to try multiple varieties - Shrimp, Oysters, Roast Beef and all manner of classic as well as unique taste combinations.

Music throughout the Fest!

The Main Stage will be located at the corner of Oak & Eagle and will feature Los Po-Boy-Citos, Flow Tribe, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Rebirth Brass Band & More!
NEW: Saloon Stage at the Maple Leaf Bar—Lineup TBA soon!
+ Brass Bands on Leonidas Street & Plum.

History Center is back!

Poppy Tooker will host the traditional telling of Gendusa & Martin Brothers Po-Boy family stories this year! Join us at the Mater Dolorosa Parish House.
Panels will showcase the saga of the po-boy all day kicking off at noon.

12:00 to 12:30: First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Poor Boy with the two families responsible for its creation following the 1929 streetcar strike. Family members tell stories about the founding fathers of the poor boy sandwich and the poor boy loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.
Featuring: Gendusa& Martin family members
Moderator: Poppy Tooker, Host of Louisiana Eats!, WWNO 89.9
Free Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)

12:30 to 1:00: Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food, and Their Stories
You listen to Poppy’s weekly radio show, now discover her new book. Poppy Tooker talks about Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food, and Their Stories and shares stories about Louisiana food culture.
Featuring: Poppy Tooker, Host of Louisiana Eats!, WWNO 89.9
Author book signing sponsored by Blue Cypress Books immediately afterwards in History Center

Families, don't miss the Kid's World hosted by St. Andrew's Episcopal School on their beautiful, spacious campus.

More better fest!

We're always improving and this year will prove no different!
This year's festival is designed for a much smoother pedestrian flow. Plan on exploring the entire 8 blocks from Carrollton to Eagle and down Leonidas to Plum Street! We’re adding a new Food Truck Village on Leonidas and there will be brass band music at the corner of Plum & Leonidas St. This year we’ll have multiple new eating areas/beverage centers just steps off Oak St. for you to sit and enjoy your sandwiches. Look out for the main dining area + Parkway Tavern, Bratz Y’all and Bayou Girls Po-Boys in the Advocacy Center parking lot on the corner of Oak & Cambronne St.

Thirsty? Just like last year, drinks come to you via roving beer vendors.

Getting to Po-Boy Fest

The streetcar tracks from Napoleon to Carrollton Ave are still under construction but don’t fret! If you are catching the streetcar downtown, NORTA will have a shuttle available at Napoleon Ave where the street car line ends that will drop you off on Oak & Carrollton Ave. Simply let the streetcar driver know you’ll need a transfer for Shuttle 13.

Bike to the fest! Bike Easy will manage a bike parking corral just steps away from the fest.

This festival proudly supports the Oak Street Merchants; many will be open festival day. For a complete listing check out the Shop Oak page on the website.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Reading your Entergy Bill

The Alliance for Affordable Energy says:
Your bill will not have all of the charges listed below. Each company has different ways of charging but this is a pretty good list to start with!

Customer Charge: Fixed part of customer's bill, regardless of energy usage.  The charge covers maintenance of service lines, customer's meters, and service locations. For residential, it is between $7-8/month regardless of your energy use.

Fuel Adjustment fee: The cost that it took to make the energy that you used. This includes the cost of fuel (natural gas, coal, etc) and the cost of transporting that stuff to the power plant (barges, trains, etc).

Energy Charge or Base Rate Charge: Non-fuel costs of providing electricity, including cost of wires, poles, power plants, and service trucks. The total amount of money needed to provide these services is divided up among all bill-payers and we pay for the portion based on the amount of energy we used.

Municipal Franchise Fee: This reflects fees charged by municipalities for municipally owned electric lines and infrastructure.

Louisiana PSC Case Credit/Charge: This may be either a credit or charge tied to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that balances the production costs of all Entergy's Operating Companies in Louisiana. The credits and charges equalize production costs from one Entergy service provider to the Entergy family of companies. They are based on the prior year and appear on bills from June through December.

LURC Hurricane Charges: This is your utility company insurance plan. Insurance companies refuse to insure storm vulnerable areas like South Louisiana. Hence, the Public Service Commission authorized the Louisiana Utilities Restoration Corporation (LURC) sold bonds for Entergy to pay for system restoration costs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Customers will pay fees on 2005 bonds until 2018 and 2008 bonds until 2022. 

Storm Reserve Rider: The Storm Reserve Rider is similar to the LURC but allows Entergy to charge customers upfront for costs expected to be incurred due to storm damage. The Storm Reserve is capped at $75 million.

Federal Mandated EAC Rider: This charge is federally mandated to comply with the EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rules that reduce and cap asthma-causing air pollutants including nitrous oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

kWh(kiloWatt hour) Metered: This number reflects the amount of energy you used in a month. This is how the utility knows what to charge you. See chart below for how you can spend a kWh:


Hours used
medium window-unit AC
1000 watts
one hour
1 kWh
large window-unit AC
1500 watts
one hour
1.5 kWh
small window-unit AC
500 watts
one hour
0.5 kWh
42" ceiling fan on low speed
24 watts
ten hours
0.24 kWh
light bulb
100 watts
730 hours
(i.e., all month)
73 kWh
CFL light bulb
25 watts
730 hours
18 kWh

To figure out how much a device will cost you use this formula:
wattage   x   hours used  ÷  1000  x  price per kWh  =   $ cost of electricity

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tree Giveaway

Native Trees Giveaway 

Thanks to grants from Apache and ACTrees, Parkway Partners is giving away 400 Native Trees.  Limit 2 per household to Orleans Parish residents.

Parkway Partners
1137 Baronne St.
NOLA 70113

(at corner of Clio in Central City)


This Saturday, November 9

Gates are open from 9am-noon


Parkway Partners' numerous programs supporting urban trees are all part of an effort to re-forest New Orleans.  We are the most de-forested city in the U.S.! All proceeds from 2nd Saturdays go directly back into the 2nd Saturday Educational Program.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Entergy Urges Customers to Watch for Phantom Power Users

Simple steps such as using power strips or unplugging chargers can make a difference


New Orleans, La. – With Halloween practically on our doorsteps, Entergy New Orleans is encouraging its customers to be on the lookout for phantoms – phantom power, that is.

Phantom power – also known as standby or vampire power – is the energy used by certain appliances and electronic devices, even when they are turned off. A variety of products and appliances, such as televisions, microwaves and cell phone chargers, use phantom power. While it may seem trivial, the amount of wasted energy can add up over time and show up on monthly utility bills.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances and home electronics can account for as much as 20 percent of a typical monthly bill. And approximately 75 percent of the electricity used to power those products is consumed when the products are turned off.

“Phantom power can be compared to having a leaky faucet,” said Melonie Stewart, director of customer service for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. “A few drips may not seem like a big deal but they can add up to a larger water bill over time. Similarly, appliances and electronics that draw power even when you aren’t using them can add to your monthly power bill. Fortunately there are some simple ways to control phantom power and help you save money.”

Anything with a plug, a glowing light or a display can be a phantom power user. The most common culprits include electronics with remote controls, built in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as televisions, computers, printers, video game consoles and DVD players.

A study by the National Resources Defense Council showed that some cable TV boxes, which are often left on all day, can use as much power as a refrigerator.

Other common phantom power users are appliances and household items that are charged through a wall plug such as digital cameras, power tools, cell phones and MP3 players.

Here are some simple steps that can help you fight phantom power:

·         Purchase an advanced power strip and plug appliances into it.

·         Turn off televisions and computers when not in use.

·         Unplug small transformers (battery chargers and power adapters) when products are fully charged or not in use. Small transformers come with many electronics such as cell phones and electric shavers and plug into standard wall outlets.

·         Check the label. If purchasing an Energy Star-labeled product, choose the model that uses the least amount of phantom power. If the amount isn’t listed on the label, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s online database to view manufacturer-supplied data by category.


For more information on energy conservation and a variety of money saving tips, visit

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 169,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013.