JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi is launching a number of programs designed to help improve energy efficiency and save money on bills.
“The Mississippi Public Service Commission wanted utilities to create more opportunities for customers to save money on their electric bills through energy efficiency,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “Entergy Solutions is our answer. The programs are designed to be easy and convenient, and each program addresses one or more customer groups — residential, small business, governmental, commercial or industrial.”
The first of five programs, the Residential Lighting Program, begins this month. Residential customers will be able to buy a variety of high-efficiency lighting products through area retailers at a reduced cost. Entergy will also partner with community organizations to give free lighting products to low-income customers.
Four more programs will roll out in 2014 and early 2015:
- The Residential Audit and Direct Install Program (READI) starts in November. This free program shows customers how to make their homes more energy efficient. It includes a home inspection, installation of energy-efficient products and information about available Entergy programs that can create greater energy efficiencies. Customers will also get a detailed report about their home’s energy use with recommendations on how to further reduce usage.
- The Commercial, Industrial and Governmental Prescriptive Program begins in December. This program provides “prescriptive” financial incentives and technical assistance to eligible CIG customers seeking to improve the efficiency of existing facilities. It also promotes upgrades, such as higher-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems.
- The Commercial, Industrial and Governmental Custom Program also begins in December. This program addresses technologies and installations not covered by the CIG Prescriptive program. It provides incentives and technical assistance for applications requiring additional engineering to accurately estimate savings.
- The Residential HVAC Equipment and Tune-up Program begins in January 2015. This program provides customer incentives for eligible high-efficiency technologies. The incentives will be offered in a prescriptive format. The program will also offer tune-ups of existing A/C and heat pumps at a discount with little or no cost for low-income customers.