Summer

Keep Energy Usage & Costs Down When Temperatures Rise

Managing your electric usage when the weather gets hot and humid is key to controlling your monthly energy costs.

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4 Factors That Impact Summer Bills

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1. Energy Usage

Half the cost of your energy bill comes from cooling. Adjust your smart thermostat to pre-cool things before you get home to avoid continually running the A/C.

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2. Fluctuation in Temps

When things heat up outside, turn your thermostat up a few degrees or to the recommended summer setting of 78 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your energy costs low.

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3. Household Changes

Air conditioners and fans kick into high gear during the hottest days of summer. An energy-efficient cooling system can save you a bundle.

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4. Monthly Billing Cycle

Cycles can run from 26 to 35 days, so monthly bills may vary based on the number of days.

1. Energy Usage

Half the cost of your energy bill comes from cooling. Adjust your smart thermostat to pre-cool things before you get home to avoid continually running the A/C.

2. Fluctuation in Temps

When things heat up outside, turn your thermostat up a few degrees or to the recommended summer setting of 78 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your energy costs low.

3. Household Changes

Air conditioners and fans kick into high gear during the hottest days of summer. An energy-efficient cooling system can save you a bundle.

4. Monthly Billing Cycle

Cycles can run from 26 to 35 days, so monthly bills may vary based on the number of days.

Safeguard Your Home This Summer

Safety is always our number one priority.

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Downed Power Lines & Tree Safety

You need to be mindful of the power lines and trees situated on and around your property. Practice safe protocols when having routine landscaping conducted or dealing with downed power lines.

If wires come down on your property, always assume they’re live and keep everyone at least 20 feet away. Report the problem to us online or call (800) 477-4747. If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you plan to trim trees near any power lines, we urge you to consult a professional tree-trimming service. Pole-to-pole overhead power lines carry high-voltage electricity that can seriously or fatally injure you.

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Practice Plug Safety

If you must use an extension cord, make sure it’s the right capacity for the tool or appliance with which it’s used. Use grounded (three-prong) extension cords for outdoor tools.

Make sure tools, appliances and lights are approved for outdoor use. Outdoor tools and appliances should have heavier wiring, special insulation and a three-prong, grounded plug.

When hanging lights, be sure to survey the area for overhead power lines and maintain at least a 10-foot distance.

Keep all electrical connections off the ground and hang sockets downward to prevent water from seeping into them.

Don’t run electrical cords through door or window openings where they can be damaged.

For added protection, plug outdoor lights into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

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The more you know about your energy use, the more you can save.

Learn How to Lower Your DTE Energy Bills

Visit our virtual Interactive Energy-Efficient Home for room-by-room, energy-reducing tips that can help you save all summer long.

Download the free DTE Insight App to track your energy usage and find ways to save even more.

Shop the online DTE Marketplace for instant rebates on energy-efficient products for your home, such as LED bulbs, thermostats, smart outlets and more.