With the arrival of summer, the MPSC highlighted its Be SummerWise website, where utility customers can learn about ways to reduce energy bills.
"Summertime means rising temperatures, and that can mean high electric bills," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "The MPSC's Be SummerWise website has many useful tips to help customers cut energy bills. The good news is many tips can be implemented at no or low cost."
The Be SummerWise 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 provides the following easy low-cost and no-cost tips to cut energy usage:
· 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°F.
· Take short showers instead of baths, and use low-flow showerheads 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.
For more tips, see our Be SummerWise website at: www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/energyassistance_389439_7.htm