Entergy introduces ‘Simple Steps’

by Wally Northway

Published: October 29,2009

Tags: energy, utility

JACKSON — Educating customers about energy use and giving them tools to become more energy efficient are goals of “Simple Steps,” a pilot program recently rolled out by Entergy Mississippi Inc.

Simple Steps includes a general program for residential and small-business customers and a low-income program for customers in Jackson, Greenville and McComb. A separate energy-efficiency program aimed at middle-school students will also be introduced.

“We want to show that using energy more wisely is easy, economical and very affordable,” said Gloria Johnson, director of customer service for Entergy Mississippi. “We’re going a step further by not only giving customers energy-saving tips, but arming them with weatherization kits that can improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.”

To participate, customers must complete a home or small-business energy assessment online and a short pop-up survey at entergy-mississippi.com. They will then be mailed weatherization kits while supplies last. These contain items that can be easily applied for small-scale efficiency improvements, such as caulk, vinyl door sweeps, air filter whistles and compact florescent light bulbs.

Low-income customers who are eligible for Power to Care or LIHEAP assistance can also get weatherization kits at Salvation Army sites in Greenville, Jackson and McComb. These customers can perform self-audits using the Salvation Army’s computer labs and submit printed receipts showing proof of completion. After verifying receipts, Salvation Army workers will give customers free weatherization kits while supplies last.

Entergy Mississippi will conduct follow-up surveys in early 2010 and report results to the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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