Summer heat can increase energy consumption and utility bills |
Many factors can impact utility bills, including the summer heat, which often causes people to lower the temperature on the thermostat and crank the air conditioner into overdrive. Remember that taking steps like this to stay cool on the hottest days of the year can significantly increase electricity consumption and, therefore, the bill.
But there are ways to stay comfortable and keep bills affordable. Entergy recently provided energy efficiency tips like closing blinds and curtains and keeping thermostats at 78 degrees or the highest comfortable temperature. These free or low-cost measures can greatly contribute to saving energy; however, if one has already received a large bill, here are six helpful options to consider for managing costs or receiving assistance:
- Leveled Billing – Entergy averages your bill over a rolling 12 month period, so you have a consistent bill every month of the year. Pay about the same every month, no surprises.
- Pick-A-Date – Pick the day of the month you’re billed to align with your budget and manage your cash flow.
- Deferred payment – Discuss your situation with us and we may be able to arrange for deferred payment. Dial 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749).
- Payment Extension – Eligible customers who need more time to pay their bill can call our automated response system at 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) or request an extension through myEntergy.
- Power to Care – Through Entergy’s The Power to Care program, local nonprofits can provide emergency bill-paying assistance to seniors and people with disabilities in crisis. For more information, see Help paying your electricity bills.
- LIHEAP – LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a program that provides money to help people pay for their energy bills and other energy-related expenses. LIHEAP is federally funded and works with community action agencies to help customers pay for and maintain electrical service in their homes. For more information, see Help paying your electricity bills.
Entergy encourages customers to download the company’s mobile phone app to monitor usage (for those with smart meters), among other steps to be more energy efficient before the next bill arrives.
And in addition to the do-it-yourself tips we offer, company energy efficiency programs can help. They offer free home energy assessments and rebates to help reduce the initial cost of installing energy-efficient equipment, such as high-efficiency HVAC tune-ups, insulation, air sealing and l sealing of ducts.
Customers who are overdue or have concerns about their bill should contact the company online or by phone at 1-800 ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749). Representatives can investigate an account or describe available billing assistance options that best suit a customer’s specific case.