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MPSC: Summer's Here and the Time is Right to Be SummerWise

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission

June 24, 2014 -
With summer here, the time is right to Be SummerWise, notes the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).

"Being SummerWise is all about ways to lower electric bills, including the elimination of energy waste," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "The MPSC's Be SummerWise website has many useful low- and no-cost tips to help customers do just that."

The Be SummerWise website features information on using energy wisely, utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs, planning ahead by using budget payment plans offered by utilities, available energy assistance and weatherization programs, and preparing for and surviving power outages.

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.
  • Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer, and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on the air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
  • Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips and 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.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • 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.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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