Entergy offers tips, ideas to manage costs
BATON ROUGE, La. – As winter continues to make its presence felt across the U.S., with lows here in Louisiana scheduled to reach freezing or below again next week, keeping homes warm is a priority. But as heaters work overtime, energy use increases, which can lead to higher-than-normal utility bills.
“We’re used to higher bills in the summer when we run our air conditioners 24/7 to beat the extreme heat,” said Sheila Pounders, director of customer service. “But we’re not used to the extreme and prolonged freezing temperatures we’ve seen so often over the last few months. We know customers are used to lower energy bills during our normally mild winters, and have already received higher bills this year. We want to remind everyone that when the heater’s cranked up, bills rise too.”
Weather is an important factor in determining how high or how low energy bills may be. In fact, heating and air conditioning make up more than half of the total energy bill. Entergy encourages all customers to take advantage of convenient payment options and energy-saving tips to manage monthly costs.
One such payment option that can help customers predict and manage their budgets during extreme weather is Level Billing, which calculates their billing history over the previous 12 months and allows them to pay an average amount each month. This can help manage the spikes extreme temperatures bring. Other options, which can be found at
Pick-A-Date, which allows customers to choose the date on which their bills are due.
Automatic Monthly Payments, which save customers the trouble of writing and mailing a check.
And with several more weeks until spring arrives, there aren’t any guarantees the cold temperatures will stay away. To stay comfortable and save energy when the thermometer drops, here are three quick tips:
1. Turn the heat down -- just a little! During winter months, keep the thermostat set on 68 degrees. Each degree warmer will also warm up your bill by about 3 percent. If you crank it up to 78 degrees, that’s already an extra 30 percent.
2. Blanket your water heater. Heating water for cooking, cleaning, laundry and bathing is the second-largest energy user in homes. Insulating blankets for electric water heaters are inexpensive and readily available at any home improvement store. These will make a difference in your energy bills.
3.Think long term. Making your home more energy-efficient is a good move for lowering bills all year round. You can start by checking out the general energy-saving tips and tools online at
entergylouisiana.com for either no-cost or low cost, personalized money savings tips, an energy calculator and more.
And while you’re on the money-saving site, take a tour of the do-it-yourself videos and other self-help resources available. It may be just what you need to make the rest of this winter, and the winters to come, a little more comfortable.
For customers struggling to pay their winter energy bills, Entergy’s Louisiana utilities assist 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
entergylouisiana.com or check the donation box on your monthly bill.
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States Louisiana. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.