Consumers Energy Working with Michigan International Speedway and Race Fans to Reduce Energy Use, Offer 5 Tips to Save

Whether at home or attending a race at Michigan International Speedway, we’re helping race fans and others save energy and save money with energy efficiency.

Cars race around the track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., last year.
Cars race around the track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., last year.

We’re thrilled to be part of this race weekend and to provide useful information about energy efficiency to tens of thousands of people at MIS. We’ve helped Michigan residents and businesses save $575 million through our energy efficiency efforts since 2009, and know they can do much more long after the checkered flag is waved.

Consumers Energy also is working to help Michigan International Speedway reduce its energy use to save money and to build on the racetrack’s commitment to sustainability.

We will be sponsoring the racetrack this weekend during the Quicken Loans 400 and through the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

Consumers Energy is reaching out to race fans all weekend, providing energy-saving tips, including a direct outreach to the thousands who are camping around the racetrack.

These five tips will help people save energy who are traveling out of town to Michigan International Speedway – or to any destination on vacation:

  1. Water heater – If you have a tank unit, your water heater will continue heating water while you are away. Adjust the temperature setting as low as possible.
  2. Refrigerator – If you are leaving for a short period, conserve energy by adjusting the thermostat on your refrigerator and freezer to higher settings – 38 degrees for the refrigerator and 5 degrees for the freezer.
  3. Air conditioner – There is no need to cool an empty house. Turn off your air conditioner or set the thermostat to 85 degrees or higher.
  4. Lights – Install timers on indoor and outdoor lights, and set them to turn the lights on for a few hours each night.
  5. Electronics – Digital displays and instant-on features continue to use energy whether you are home or not. Unplug all electronic devices before you leave.

Get more tips and online tools and calculators at our free Energy Solutions eNewsletter for homes and businesses. Or check out our 100 Ways to Save on your energy bill.

Cars race around the track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., last year.