BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As temperatures drop, your power will be working harder, possibly leading to higher electrical bills.

The Baton Rouge Salvation Army has an assistance program to help with high electrical bills. Power-to-care eligibility includes those 60 years or older, who have a disability or caregivers of those who have a disability.

“The need is greater than what it was back then, last year,” said Michael McGee, Program Director of the Salvation Army in Baton Rouge.

McGee says the program has been a hit. He says the non-profit is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand because of low staff and the need for monetary donations.

“We know there’s a high demand for our Entergy clients and we’re working through it,” McGee says. “Ourselves have experienced a shortage in the workforce, so we’re trying to work through it, and it’s a lot of calls and we try to make sure we turn every call that we can.”

Entergy officials say just like the summer months, bills can jump this winter.

“We’re facing some of the similar things during the summertime and in the winter time you can see an increase in energy use as well as high natural gas prices,” said David Freese, Entergy spokesperson.

Entergy provides the following winter tips:

  • Seal air leaks
  • Conserve hot water
  • Ensure fans are turning the right way. Fans should be run at a low speed clockwise during the winter to prevent the cold air from blowing down on you

McGee says his entire staff is busy with their angle tree program. He’s asking people to consider donating and be a helping hand this holiday season.

“You know the cost of electricity went up substantially so that’s the cost of monetary donations we are looking for,” he said.

Those who want to donate and volunteer with the Salvation Army Baton Rouge can visit here.