Program helps Entergy New Orleans customers save money and helps the environment
New Orleans, La. – Since its launch
in April, the Energy Smart program in New Orleans has saved more than 6.5
million kilowatt-hours of electricity and prevented the emission of nearly 5,000
tons of carbon dioxide.
In addition to energy savings,
customers have been receiving rebates and incentives by investing in ENERGY STAR
air conditioners, AC tune-ups, energy assessments and other programs to increase
efficiency, awareness and lower costs. By the end of August, almost 2,200
Entergy New Orleans residential electric customers in addition to a number of
commercial customers have participated in Energy Smart.
One of those customers is Nadia Webb,
who added insulation to her home this summer and had duct leaks sealed. The
Energy Smart improvements resulted in a significant drop in energy costs for her
older home, which was difficult to keep cool during the summer — even with two
“The improvements from Energy Smart
cut our monthly cooling bill significantly, and with the rebate and energy
savings, the work we had done was almost free. The Energy Smart program is
beyond a bargain. If everybody in New Orleans would do this, they’d be much
Greta Joseph also noticed a drop in
energy bills over the summer after insulation was added beneath the flooring of
her home as part of Energy Smart.
“We live in an older home that tends
to stay hotter in summer and colder in winter,” she said. “Now the temperature
stays more in the middle, where we like it. And if the air is running, it’s not
escaping. We’re looking into insulating the attic in the future.”
Developed by the New Orleans City
Council and administered by Entergy New Orleans, Energy Smart is a comprehensive
energy efficiency plan with several different programs such as energy audits,
high-performance A/C tune-ups, ceiling and wall insulation, duct and home
leakage sealing, solar water heating and installation of compact fluorescent
Business customers in New Orleans who
invest in energy-efficient equipment — lighting, air conditioners, heat pumps,
electric chillers, food service equipment and more — can also qualify for
rebates. In addition, they can take advantage of Energy Smart resources such as
consultative energy services, energy assessments, and financial incentives for
projects that improve the electric energy efficiency of their facilities.
Participation in Energy Smart may be
combined with other financial incentives available in New Orleans, including
Empower Louisiana, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the NOLA Wise Loan
Program and federal and state tax credits. Funding is limited, and incentives
are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
To learn details about the programs
or find Energy Smart participating contractors, call (866) 721-0249 toll free,
visit the website at EnergySmartNOLA.info or visit the Energy Smart Information
Center located in the Entergy New Orleans Customer Care Center at 3400 Canal St.