Bright blue sky with the sun shining high is a perfect summer day in Michigan. Whether you’re spending the day at one of the Great Lakes, hiking, camping or hanging out at home, summer in Michigan is a unique experience. Make the most of the season and your energy budget with these ways to save. 

  • Adjust your air conditioner – Increase your thermostat by 5 degrees F for at least 8 hours per day. 
  • Postpone your chores – For the most effective cost savings, run the dishwasher and do the laundry before 2 p.m. and after 7 p.m. on the weekdays or save it for the weekend. If you have delay-start features, load early and start automatically in the evening. 
    • Leave your dishwasher open to air-dry rather than using the drying cycle. 
    • Put your laundry on an outside line to dry instead of using the dryer.  
  • Refresh your AC filters – Clean or replace your AC filters once a month to allow your air conditioner to run more efficiently. 
  • Make sure to turn lights off when you’re not in the room or at home. 
    • Swap out your lightbulbs – Replace old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LEDs for longer-lasting bulbs that can help lower your electric bill. Start with your home’s five most frequently used bulbs. 
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to keep your home cooler.  
  • Use a Wi-Fi plug or smart strip. Plug electronic devices into a smart power strip to prevent them from consuming electricity even when they’re not in use. 
  • Install a smart thermostat – Install a programmable or smart thermostat to control your air conditioner and save up to 15% on your energy bill. Smart thermostats automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings for the best performance.

Need help? We have rebates and discounted options available specifically for you at our online store. 

We’re here to help, if you need assistance with your energy bill or are curious if a budget plan might help, visit: https://www.consumersenergy.com/payment-assistance. 

Michigan summers mean adventure, fun and time with friends or family. Summer shouldn’t mean breaking the bank because of high temperatures. Count on us to help you manage summer’s heat while saving both money and energy.

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