As Michigan’s dog days of summer is upon us, below are five steps you can take to save energy and money now:
- 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.
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and higher when you’re away. Get up to a $100 rebate on a Wifi enabled thermostat.
- Leave your home altogether to take advantage of public spaces like theaters, libraries and malls.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the bathroom:
To get even more useful suggestions on reducing your energy use and lowering your bill, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/saveenergy. Take advantage of our energy efficiency programs and rebates at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome.
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