Summer heat can increase energy use and utility bills

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06/21/2022

EASILY MANAGE YOUR USE, ELECTRICITY COSTS AS THE TIMES INCREASE

EASILY MANAGE YOUR USE, ELECTRICITY COSTS AS THE TIMES INCREASE

EASILY MANAGE YOUR USE, ELECTRICITY COSTS AS THE TIMES INCREASE

Several options available to manage the cost of staying cool, help with bills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many factors can impact your utility bills, including the summer heat, which often causes us to lower the temperature on our thermostat and push the air conditioner into overdrive. Remember that taking steps like this to stay cool on the hottest days of the year can significantly increase your electricity usage and, therefore, your bill.

But there are ways to stay comfortable and keep your bills affordable! Entergy recently provided energy efficiency tips like closing blinds and curtains and keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees, or the highest comfortable temperature. These free or low-cost measures can greatly contribute to saving energy; however, if you have already received a large bill, here are six helpful options to consider for managing costs or receiving assistance:

  • Level Billing – Entergy averages your bill over a rolling 12-month period, so you have a constant bill every month of the year. Pay about the same every month, no surprises.
  • Pick a date – Choose the day of the month you are billed to align with your budget and manage your cash flow.
  • Deferred payment – Discuss your situation with us and we may be able to make deferred payment arrangements. 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.
  • The power to heal – 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 (if you have a smart meter), among other measures, 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 duct sealing.

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). Our representatives can investigate your account or describe available billing assistance options that may work best for you and your family’s specific case.

About Entergy Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 728,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), an integrated energy company engaged in the generation, transmission and retail distribution of electricity. Entergy provides electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest utility scale power generation fleets in the United States with approximately 30,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.


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