The new DTE Energy SmartCurrents program launched earlier this year and received high reviews from customers. The program pairs a free Wi-Fi enabled ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat with the Dynamic Peak Pricing (DPP) rate, which features lower prices during off-peak hours — nights, weekends, and holidays. The smart thermostat and peak pricing equates to savings for customers.

“I’m always looking for ways to cut costs so the promotion intrigued me” said Barry Cotton of Highland, MI. “I called the SmartCurrents hotline and asked the hard questions. What I learned was the program is in place to help take some strain off the electric grid, and ultimately that is the benefit to DTE, but it means financial savings for me.”

DTE can communicate directly with the SmartCurrents ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat to help reduce your usage and save you money during Critical Peak Events by raising your set-point 4 degrees. Critical Peak Events are called on hot summer days, during times of extremely high demand for electricity, or when there is an increase in market prices.

Events will only occur on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a maximum of 20 occurrences per calendar year. Customers will be notified a day in advance of the event.  During these Critical Peak Events, the thermostat settings will be raised by 4 degrees, enabling you as a customer to save money.  But DTE understands that customer preference comes first and you can choose to override DTE’s adjustment at any time by simply adjusting your thermostat.

 “DTE only calls critical peak events on hot, summer days and they only run for a few hours. Most other times of day that I am using energy, I’m saving money. And if I have plans on the day of an event, I can simply change my thermostat back to what I want it to be. It really turned out to be a win-win for me and my family.”

To enroll and learn how SmartCurrents could also be a win-win for you/your family, please visit: dteenergy.com/smartcurrents or call the hotline at 1.888.871.0348.