Tips to save money during hot summer temps - WNEM TV 5

Tips to save money during hot summer temps

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

With high temperatures here, the Michigan Public Service Commission has released information designed to help consumers lower their energy bills.

"Summertime can mean high electric bills for many customers," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "The MPSC's BeSummerWise web site provides many useful tips for reducing bills and information on assistance programs.  Many of the tips can be implemented at no cost or low cost."

The Be SummerWise web site 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.

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