As heat rises, DTE Energy volunteers deliver water to cooling stations

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With the heat index climbing to 100+ degrees on Friday, DTE Energy employees loaded up their vehicles with 1,000 cases of water to deliver to cooling stations in Detroit, Highland Park, Redford and River Rouge. More than 50 DTE Care Force volunteers pitched in to help people stay cool and hydrated during these extreme temperatures.

The company is donating the water to cooling stations that are assisting residents in need of a place to escape the heat. We recognize that high temperatures and humidity impact our most vulnerable citizens who may not have easy access to air conditioning and cold water.

We’ve also been communicating regularly with our customers all summer to make sure they’re prepared for high temperatures – educating them on how to stay cool and safe:

  • Providing quick, no-cost, low-cost tips on ways to beat the heat, save energy and money
  • Sending Hot Weather alerts to advise of 90 degree+ days, including actions to stay cool and save
  • Our Energy Efficiency team is out at events around the state every week educating customers on ways to save and stay cool

When hot weather hits, DTE will text customers tips to help manage energy bill costs. To sign up for these tips, text DTETIPS to 80565.

DTE offers the following tips to stay cool and save money throughout the warm summer season:

  • Avoid activities that add heat and humidity to your home – during the hottest parts of the day – such as cooking inside. Cook outside on a (natural gas) grill instead of using the oven.
  • Minimize the number of times that outside doors are opened and closed – Hot air from outside enters your home every time the doors open.
  • Use ceiling fans – to provide additional cooling and better air circulation. Run the blades counter-clockwise or downward to cool more efficiently. Fans only cool people, not the room, so remember to turn fans off when you leave.
  • Close blinds and curtains on south- and west-facing windows – This easy step blocks out summer sunlight, making your home cooler. You can also plant trees outside to shade windows or move potted trees and plants in front of windows.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule. A setting of 78 degrees is recommended in the summer. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180 annually in energy costs.

Details about cooling centers can be found on the City of Detroit’s website, as well as through United Way 2-1-1.