Charlotte J. Cavell
Helpful tips make it easy to reduce usage and save money
NEW ORLEANS – While warmer-than-normal temperatures this fall may have you thinking that winter isn’t coming, it’s right around the corner. In fact, low temperatures are forecasted to drop into the 30s this week and stay there for a couple of nights in a row.
That’s why there’s no time like the present to implement helpful energy-saving tips so you can keep the cash in your wallet while keeping the cold outside where it belongs.
“We’ve had a couple of cooler periods over the last few weeks, but cold weather really hasn’t impacted the metro New Orleans area yet this year,” said Melonie Stewart, director of customer service. “Now is a good time to remind yourself that saving energy does save money in the winter, just as it does during the summer. And our helpful tips can get you started before the heater kicks on full-time.”
Heating and air conditioning can account for as much as 55 percent of your monthly electric bill. Setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter is an easy way to reduce how much energy you use. Every degree above 68 on the thermostat can increase your bill by about 3 percent. So if you crank it up to a toasty 78 degrees, you’ve already added 30 percent. Other tips include:
More tips, as well as clear, do-it-yourself videos, to help put these ideas to work can be found at entergy.com/savemoney. Orleans Parish customers can also visit Energy Smart, a New Orleans program that offers incentives and rebates on a variety of energy-efficiency upgrades year-round. Customers in other parishes should visit EntergySolutionsLA for the program in their area.
“Now is also a good time to sign up for Level Billing to help eliminate the spikes extreme temperatures can bring,” Stewart added. “The program calculates your billing history over the previous 12 months and allows you to pay an average amount each month. This is extremely helpful in managing your budget.”
Other convenient payment options include:
Entergy also assists elderly and disabled low-income customers through its customer-assistance fund, The Power to Care. The fund is administered by the local Councils on Aging and is funded by Entergy employees, customers and shareholders. To find out how to get assistance, or to contribute to the fund, visit entergy.com or check the donation box on your monthly bill.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 198,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million Louisiana customers. Additionally, the company provides natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the company is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.