Michigan Agency for Energy
Rick Snyder, Governor
Anne Armstrong Cusack, Executive Director
June 21, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nick Assendelft T: 517-284-8300
Customer Assistance: 800-292-9555
Closing curtains, budget billing, ceiling fans all can make summer more bearable
LANSING, Mich. – Today is the first day of summer and the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) is urging Michiganders to Be SummerWise about their energy use as temperatures climb.
“There are many practical ways to cut your energy usage while also staying cool in the summer months,” said Anne Armstrong Cusack, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “If everyone does just a little bit it will to make a big difference in demand for power, lessening the strain on utilities to meet high demand on the hottest days.”
Moderating usage will be important as demand for electricity is expected to increase in Michigan, according to MAE’s Summer Energy Appraisal. Even if the weather is near normal for the summer, electricity usage is expected to rise about 1.5 percent compared to a year ago. The report foresees residential electricity usage increasing 2.7 percent, with industrial sector usage up 1.5 percent and commercial usage up 0.6 percent.
Electricity use in Michigan traditionally climbs along with summer temperatures, according to annual figures tracked by the federal Energy Information Administration. The EIA also reports that nearly 60 percent of homes in the state have central air conditioning with more than 20 percent using a window or wall unit.
To keep a lid on bills this summer here are 10 simple tips:
Want more ways to save? The Be SummerWise website features information on using energy wisely, available energy assistance and weatherization programs, and preparing for and surviving power outages. Or, check out our Beat the Heat and Save tip sheet.
The U.S. Department of Energy also provides low-cost and no-cost tips to cut energy use.
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