DTE Energy wants you to remain safe and comfortable, as well as save on your energy bills, during days of extreme heat in Michigan.
Here are some simple things you can do:
Run a ceiling fan to create a cool breeze. Use a ceiling fan while turning up the thermostat just two degrees to save as much as 14 percent on cooling costs. Since fans cool people and not the room, it’s important to turn the fan off when not in the room to save even more. DTE recommends fans certified by ENERGY STAR, which are 60% more efficient than non-certified fans.
Close blinds and curtains on south- and west-facing windows. This easy step blocks out summer sunlight, making rooms cooler. Create shade by moving potted trees and plants in front of windows to lower indoor temperatures.
Remove anything that’s blocking cooling registers. Make sure that rugs, drapes, furniture or other items are not blocking the air flow from registers.
Avoid activities that add heat and humidity to your home during the hottest parts of the day.
- Avoid using the oven when possible.
- Postpone laundry and dishwashing until the evening when the outside air is cooler.
- Let dishes air dry in the dishwasher rather than using the drying feature.
- Air-dry clothes when possible instead of using a dryer – it not only saves energy, but also helps the clothing last longer.
Purchase ENERGY STAR® room air conditioners. A room air conditioner with the ENERGY STAR label uses about 9 percent less energy and costs less than $75 a year to run, on average.
It’s crucial to check on loved ones and neighbors, particularly seniors and those without air conditioning, during periods of extreme heat. Reach out at least twice a day to watch and listen for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If necessary, help get vulnerable people someplace cool, such as a cooling center. Check with your local municipality for locations.
If you’re having trouble paying an energy bill, DTE can help you find assistance. Customers are encouraged to call DTE at 800.477.4747 as soon as they feel they may have difficulty paying a bill. DTE will work with customers to set up affordable payment plans and advise them of local agencies that may offer additional relief.
For more tips on beating the heat, visit dteenergy.com/summer