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|Entergy offers savings tips|
The rise in energy prices is driving higher prices for gasoline, food and other household essentials for Louisiana residents this summer. Natural gas prices have risen nearly 108 percent since September 2007, and Entergy Louisiana, LLC is taking aggressive measures to keep electricity prices down by using cheaper fuels to make electricity and buying more economical power from the market whenever possible.
"We recognize that customers are having to pay more for transportation, food and other items," said Kenny Solley, Entergy Louisiana's Region customer service manager for North Louisiana. "We are taking steps to shield customers from the impact of these high fuel prices on electricity costs as much as possible."
Customers can further reduce the impact of high-priced natural gas by taking steps to reduce their electricity use.
"Raising your thermostat to 78 degrees during the warmer months can reduce your electricity use by as much as 20 percent," Solley said. "Running the air conditioning can account for as much as 55 percent of an average home's monthly bill."
Through its Simple Steps initiative, Entergy Louisiana is providing more tips that can help customers cut down on electricity use this summer. The steps include:
— Sealing leaky windows and doors with caulk and/or weather-stripping.
— Conserving hot water or installing a timer that turns the hot water heater off when no one is at home to use it.
— Using fans to circulate cool air.
— Plugging electronic equipment (TV's, computers, etc) into a power strip that is turned off when not in use.
— Using energy-efficient bulbs when replacing light bulbs.
Entergy Louisiana also offers several billing options such as Level Billing and Pick-A-Date, as well as on-line resources such as www.entergy-ENsight.com, where customers can use several calculators to help them analyze their home's energy use.
"Entergy Louisiana does not make one penny on fuel costs — they are passed on dollar-for-dollar to customers — but because we are having to pay more for natural gas to make electricity, customers will see the effect of those higher fuel costs on their electric bills. It's important that customers are aware that this is occurring so they can take steps to reduce the amount of electricity they use now and reduce this impact on their monthly household budget," Solley said.