Tips to Help Lower Summer Energy Bills

With another hot day in the forecast, it’s good to keep these tips in mind from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC):

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow shower heads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Summertime can mean high electric bills for many customers,” said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. “The MPSC’s ‘Be Summer Wise’ website provides many useful tips for reducing bills and information on assistance programs. Many of the tips can be implemented at no cost or low cost.”

The “Be Summer Wise” website features information on using energy wisely, planning ahead by using budget billing plans offered by utilities, shut-off prevention programs, energy efficiency tips and more. The U.S. Department of Energy also provides easy low-cost and no-cost tips at their website.

The MPSC is an agency within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.