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Energy efficiency programs offer ways to save money and energy

Energy efficiency programs offer ways to save money and energy

Energy efficiency programs offer ways to save money and energy

Energy efficiency programs offer ways to save money and energy

NEW ORLEANS – The signs of summer are already here: longer days, fresh vegetables, swimming and scorching temperatures.

With heating and cooling costs accounting for about 55% of an average customer’s electric bill, taking steps to save energy can help keep bills low when temperatures are high. Customers can manage their energy usage and save money on their bills by installing energy efficient upgrades through the Entergy Solutions program for Entergy Louisiana customers and the Energy Smart program for Entergy New Orleans customers. Examples of products and services available at little or no cost include LED light bulbs, smart thermostats, AC adjustments, duct sealing and insulation.

In addition, both programs offer home assessments that generate energy efficiency recommendations. An ENERGY STAR Home Performance rating reduces the initial cost of installing energy efficiency upgrades. Depending on the recommendations chosen, customers can save up to 20% or more on their annual utility bill.

Customers can also save money with these easy energy efficiency tips:

  • Change the air filters. Air filters in some air conditioning units require monthly cleaning or replacement.
  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or the highest comfortable temperature. Each grade below 78 can increase an account by up to 3%.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help manage costs, it’s controllable, and it can help you monitor usage.
  • Use fans to keep cool. Ceiling fans, box fans, and oscillating fans use very little electricity to circulate air. Make sure the ceiling fans are rotating in the right direction – counterclockwise during the summer – to push cooler air into the room. Be sure to turn off all fans in unused rooms.
  • Close blinds, blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and fresh air in.. Also, close air conditioning vents in rooms that are not in use.
  • Seal cracks and holes around doors, windows and ducts. Weather removal and caulking will help keep cool air in and warm air out.
  • Use the myAdvisor tool at Usage and cost tool can compare usage history by month, day and hour.

For customers struggling to pay their bills, Entergy offers multiple payment options such as tier charging, automatic payment and more, as well as tools and programs designed to help customers manage energy usage, visit no programs or call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with a customer service representative.

There are also third-party agencies that provide assistance with utility bills for seniors, people with disabilities, and income-based programs. Through Entergy’s The Power to Care program, local non-profit agencies provide emergency bill-payment assistance to seniors and people with disabilities. Please call the New Orleans Council on Aging or NOCOA at 504-821-4121 for information. You may also be eligible to receive federal payment assistance through the Low Income Residential Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. Call Total Community Action at 504-875-2653 for more information.

About Entergy New Orleans
Entergy New Orleans, LLC provides electricity to more than 209,000 customers and natural gas to more than 110,000 customers in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

About Entergy Louisiana
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electrical service to more than 1 million customers in 58 parishes and natural gas service to more than 94,000 customers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Louisiana are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in New Orleans. Entergy powers 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy is creating a cleaner, more resilient energy future for everyone with our diverse portfolio of low-carbon and zero-carbon energy sources. With roots in the Southern Gulf region for more than a century, Entergy is a recognized leader in corporate citizenship and delivers more than $100 million in philanthropy and advocacy efforts to local communities each year. Our approximately 12,500 employees are dedicated to fueling life today and for generations to come.

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