Jack Frost dropped by a bit early this year, and that could mean higher-than-normal utility bills for Louisiana customers.
“We’re used to lower bills during the normally mild fall season, but this early taste of winter is a good reminder to everyone that when the thermostat is cranked up, bills rise too,” said Melonie Stewart, director of customer service for Entergy.
Weather is an important factor in determining how high or 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 their monthly cost.
“With the official start of winter still weeks away, it’s a good bet we can expect more cold weather in our future and potentially higher-than-normal utility bills. So now is a good time to sign up for one of Entergy’s convenient tools to help manage those costs,” Stewart said.
One payment option that can help customers manage their budgets during extreme weather is Level Billing, which calculates their billing history over the previous 12 months and allows customers to pay an average amount each month. It helps manage the spikes in energy costs caused by extreme weather.
Other options that can be found at entergyneworleans.com include:
Pick-A-Date, which allows customers to choose the date when their bills are due.
Automatic Monthly Payments, which save customers the trouble of writing and mailing checks.
To stay comfortable and save energy when the temperatures drop, here are some helpful tips:
Turn the heat down – During winter months, keep the thermostat set on 68 degrees. Each degree warmer will increase your bill by about 3 percent.
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 bill.
This early cold snap also gives customers time to make their homes more energy efficient before additional cold weather heads our way.
If you’re more a do-it-yourself person, you can find general energy-saving tips and tools online at entergyneworleans.com for either no-cost or low-cost tips, an energy calculator, do-it-yourself videos and more.