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Business Owners Encouraged to Play It Energy Smart


Energy Smart offers 25% incentive bonus to business customers on new energy efficiency projects and more

Did you know that energy use can represent one-third of a commercial building’s operating costs? Local businesses play a significant role in New Orleanians’ everyday lives, and Entergy New Orleans is committed to powering life every time a “we’re open” sign comes on.

Owning or running a business can be costly and that’s why Entergy New Orleans offers several solutions to help manage a company’s energy usage and cost through the Energy Smart energy efficiency program. Energy Smart provides cash incentives to large and small business customers for making energy-saving upgrades such as lighting, chillers, HVAC, motors and controls to their facilities.

For a limited time, Energy Smart is offering a 25% incentive bonus to business customers on new energy efficiency projects that are completed this year. Business owners who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida are encouraged to take advantage of the enhanced incentives, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Dec. 31 or funds are exhausted.  

Energy Smart also is providing select LED lightbulbs at no cost for small business customers until Dec. 10. Additionally, small businesses can get instant rebates for installing new smart thermostats and bonus incentives for enrolling them in the EasyCool demand response offering. Small Business Energy Efficiency Kits are also available and filled with easy to install products like LED light bulbs, faucet aerators and LED exit sign bulbs.  

Along with providing ways to save, Entergy New Orleans is committed to maintaining and improving overall grid stability. Business customers can participate in demand response to shift energy usage and support the reliable operation of the electric grid. This offering allows customers to earn incentives by temporarily reducing electricity when demand on the system is highest.  Large commercial customers, whose businesses use more than 100 kW , also are encouraged to take advantage of these incentives by participating in the Large Commercial Demand Response Program.

As New Orleans leads the way toward a clean energy future, it’s important that Entergy New Orleans partners with business customers to not only help save on energy costs, but help businesses run in an environmentally friendly way. Customers also can be sure their building and equipment are in peak operating condition through the program’s retro-commissioning offering, where low or no-cost adjustments can bring significant energy and cost-savings.

Business customers who are constructing a new facility or gutting an existing one can take advantage of Energy Smart’s New Construction offering to design and build an energy-efficient building before opening for business.

Energy Smart is available to all Entergy New Orleans customers including small businesses, nonprofit organizations, large commercial, industrial and warehouse facilities, parking lots and garages, offices, commercial retail and school buildings. As part of the company’s commitment to safety, Energy Smart is following all COVID-19 precaution guidelines to protect the health of   customers, trade allies and employees. For more information about Energy Smart’s business offerings and solutions, please visit, email or call 504-229-6868.

New Orleans Editorial Team