Date of Award

Spring 5-1998

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College Theses


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. C. A. Singleton

Second Advisor

Dr. Rogers J. Newman

Third Advisor

Dr. Beverly Wade


For years there has been controversy over the uneven distribution of energy costs. Documented energy complaints are on file on the state as well as national level of government. Various sources have performed adequate research that shows that there is a difference in energy cost based on economic class. In order to prove that persons of different economic class pay different rates for energy, two distinct areas of Baton Rouge were issued surveys-Scotlandville and Bluebonnet. Questions used were retrieved from secondary sources and Entergy as well. From the results computed, there is definitely a difference in energy costs depending upon where one lives. Those from the Scotlandville area paid a higher flat rate than those from the Bluebonnet area. Entergy claims the discrepancy is due to lack of insulation in the homes of lower-class persons. In order to make the distribution on energy costs equal, all homes should be efficiently insulated, and energy assistance programs should be available to more than allotted few.