Chill Your Summer Bill with Hot Weather Tips and Programs

BEAUMONT June 18, 2013 – Summer officially begins June 21. And in the South, that means family gatherings, evening cook-outs and scorching high temperatures. Before those temperatures become unbearable, Entergy Texas, Inc. wants to encourage customers to consider taking simple steps to help lower their energy bills.

For starters, Entergy Texas’ Entergy Solutions program offers a wide range of energy efficiency programs designed to help homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency at little or no charge. Whether homeowners are looking to make energy efficiency improvements to the whole house or improvements on a smaller scale like duct sealing, weather stripping, caulking around windows and much more, Entergy Solutions has programs designed to help homeowners lower their bills. Those needing more information about the program and to view other energy-saving tips and tools may go to entergytexas.com/savemoney.

The company also offers customers ways to manage payment of bills, including Pick-a-Date, in which customers decide when their bill is due, and Level Billing, which takes the surprise out of monthly energy bills. When customers sign up for the program, they receive an estimated monthly amount based on their past 12 months of energy usage. Then, each month, their bills will vary slightly from that estimated amount based on actual usage, but they won’t see the high spikes summer and winter may bring.
           

“In addition to Entergy’s flexible options that allow our customers to choose how their energy bill is calculated, as well as when and how they pay their bill, we’re reminding customers of hot weather tips that can save them money,” said Vernon Pierce, Entergy Texas’ director of customer service. Pierce’s energy-saving summer tips include:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 or the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree cooler than 78 will increase your bill as much as 3 percent.
  • Keep the cool air in your home circulating with ceiling, oscillating or box fans. The average ceiling fan makes a room feel 7 degrees cooler.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess heat and humidity caused by cooking, laundering and bathing. (High humidity makes our bodies hold more heat.)
  • Avoid using the stove if possible and consider grilling outside instead.
  • Make plans to use dishwashers, washing machines and dryers –which add heat and moisture to your home--during the coolest part of the day.
  • Don't block air vents with curtains, shades or furniture.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights during hot weather and consider switching to cooler, energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs where light is needed.

“Also, Save Me Money Do-it-Yourself videos are also available online at entergysavings.com,” Pierce said. “The videos demonstrate installing a programmable thermostat, caulking windows and doors, changing air filters and installing insulation among others.”

 

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