Keep Your Cool:  5 Energy-Saving Tips for Summer

As Michigan’s dog days of summer is upon us, below are five steps you can take to save energy and money now:

  1. Commit to your A/C cooling people, not rooms. Electric bills tend to be higher in the summer because we’re running our air conditioners more.
    • Close doors and registers to unused areas.
  1. Keep your home from getting hotter.
    • Close drapes, shades and blinds during the day.
    • Avoid using appliances that generate a lot of heat, such as stoves and dryers. If you must use them, do so in the morning or evening. ­­­­
  2. Go with the flow with fans. A ceiling fan costs less to operate than air conditioning. During the summer, run it in a counter clockwise direction (as you look up at it) so it creates a downward breeze.
  3. Chill out with your refrigerator and freezer’s energy use.
    • Set the refrigerator temperature to 34-37 degrees and freezer temperature to 0-5 degrees.
    • Open your refrigerator and freezer’s door sparingly. Pro-tip: the next time you open the fridge/freezer, take a photo of its contents with your phone. That way, you have a quick reference of exactly what’s available without opening the doors.
  4. Cut down your water use.
    • In the bathroom:
      • Set your water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
      • Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes
    • In the pool:
      • Reduce your water heating temperature to 78 degrees or lower.
      • Don’t run your pool pump longer than necessary.Start with a filtration time of 6 hours per day. Water doesn’t appear clean? Gradually increase the time in half-hour increments.
      • Invest in a pool cover.Pool covers minimize evaporation and reduce pool heating costs. Savings of 50-70% are possible according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

To get even more useful suggestions on reducing your energy use and lowering your bill, visit Take advantage of our energy efficiency programs and rebates at


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