Payment extension

Qualifying customers who need a few extra days to pay their bill can request an extension using one of the options below.

  • Call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) and follow our automated response system billing and payment menu.
  • Request an extension through myEntergy.

Deferred payment arrangement

Qualifying customers that are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible to take up to four months to pay their current bill and/or unpaid balances. Request a Deferred Payment Arrangement using one of the options below.

  • Call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) and follow our automated response system billing and payment menu.
  • Select Deferred Payment on the Entergy Mobile App.
  • Request a deferred payment arrangement through myEntergy.

Level billing

Level Billing averages your monthly Entergy bill over a rolling twelve-month period, so your bill is around the same amount each month. Choose one of the options below to enroll.  

  • Enroll in Level Billing through myEntergy
  • Call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with an agent about the program.

Reconnect fee quote

We can let you know exactly how much it will cost to reconnect residential service. Call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749).

Deposit requirements

Entergy customers start using electricity before paying for it, therefore customers requesting new service may be required to make a security deposit.

Bill payment assistance

When your income won’t stretch any further, help is available. See below for programs available to assist with your energy costs.

The Power to Care

No one should have to choose between food, medicine or electricity. Sadly, many of our low-income customers, including older adults and people with disabilities, face these choices every day.

Through Entergy's The Power to Care program, we partner with local nonprofit agencies to provide emergency bill payment assistance to our customers who are 60 years of age or older or have disabilities – with an annual household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. To check your household income eligibility, visit here.

For more information and to apply for help, contact the New Orleans Council on Aging at 504-821-4121.

The LIHEAP program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP is a program that provides money to help individuals with energy bills and other energy-related expenses. LIHEAP is funded through the federal government and works with community action agencies to qualify customers and distribute the funds. For information on how to apply, click here.

Other helpful programs

Free tax preparation

Entergy works alongside community partners to promote the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Our IRS-certified volunteers will help make sure you get the full refund you deserve. To find a free tax preparation site near you, visit

Weatherization assistance program

This federally-funded program administered through community action agencies primarily focuses on helping elderly, disabled and low-income New Orleanians make their homes more energy efficient. After an energy audit of a qualified resident's home, the program will pay for installation of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures. For additional information, call 1-800-421-0762 or get in touch with your local community action agency.

Certified medical emergency

This program allows for electric service to be continued for up to thirty days for any qualifying customer whose disconnection would cause a medical emergency. To qualify for this benefit, the customer must provide a medical certificate from a physician. Call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to request a form for your doctor to fill out to be returned to Entergy.

Back-up measures to prevent disconnects

  • Bill payment extensions – Qualifying customers can have their due date extended up to four days through Entergy’s Voice Response Unit (automated answering system). Additional extensions are negotiated with one of our phone agents or by entering into a Delayed Payment Agreement.
  • Courtesy calls – Entergy attempts to contact every customer by phone the day before they are scheduled to have their power cut off. While, in many cases, the reminder results in quick payment of the bill in full, qualifying customers are offered payment extension or delayed payment options.
  • Third-party notification – This is for customers who depend on the care of others. Entergy New Orleans, if asked, will automatically send a copy of a bill and/or disconnection notice to a third party.
  • Extended absence program – This is a series of options for customers who are away from their homes for extended periods. Options include Draw Draft, prepayment and forwarding bills to another address. Customers can customize their billing and payment options to accommodate their individual needs.
  • Special cases – Life Support Identity Program This program assists customers who are dependent upon life support systems. Special consideration is given to these customers when normal disconnection of service would have occurred and in restoration of service following a power outage.

New Orleans area social service and energy assistance offices

New Orleans Council on Aging
2475 Canal Street, 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70119

Total Community Action
1424 S. Jefferson
New Orleans, LA 70125

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
P.O. Box 58009
New Orleans, LA 70158-8009

The J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center

The J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center is a one-stop financial stability center offering an array of programming to the residents of New Orleans including financial education and coaching, credit building and counseling, benefits screening and income tax assistance.

Located inside United Way’s offices on Canal Street, this facility also houses United Way’s IDA Project, a matched savings account program helping low-income individuals purchase long-term assets through a 4:1 match of their own savings. The program is addressing the challenges of intergenerational poverty by providing opportunities for participants to purchase a new home or vehicle, start or expand a small business, or pay for post-secondary education – all through their IDA accounts.

Visit here for more information.

Relief for service members called to active duty

Pursuant to Louisiana Law, if you are a Louisiana residential customer who has been called to active duty by order of the President of the United States or an Act of Congress, Entergy will not terminate your natural gas or electricity service for nonpayment while you are on active duty.

Upon return from active duty, Entergy will offer a period of time equal to the period of your service on active duty to pay any amount due that you incurred while on active duty. If this period presents a hardship, you may request a longer period to pay the amount due. Also, Entergy will not charge late fees or interest during the period of active duty or the repayment period.

If you are a service member who has been called to active duty, please click here for more information and an application to the Entergy Military Utility Relief Program. If you have any additional questions please call our customer service representatives at 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749).