As we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us are at home and consuming more energy. Spending more time in your home will naturally increase your household’s use of energy and could lead to a higher energy bill. With these six tips, you have the power to control your energy usage, avoid surprises and reduce your energy bill by 20%¹.
#1 Get instant budget notifications to prevent high bills [$10 per month]
In these uncertain times, your energy bill doesn’t have to be a surprise. In your DTE Insight app, set up a monthly budget and receive alerts when you’re trending over or have exceeded your energy budget. Then take action to get your budget back on track.
#2 Get smarter with a thermostat schedule [$5 per month]
HVAC costs make up nearly 50% of your energy bill. Have your thermostat automatically dial down a few degrees while sleeping to lower your heating and cooling costs by 10% or more. Setting a schedule is simple and effective.
#3 Use your curtains to cut costs [$5 per month]
Use daylight to light and warm your home. Open your blinds or curtains in the morning. At night, however, windows are the top way to lose the heat gained through solar heating, so close blinds, curtains and shades to reduce heat loss and HVAC costs.
#4 Turn off the coffee pot [$9 per month]
As you keep caffeinated working from home, remember a coffee pot can consume 1,500 watts to heat up water – that’s about 20 cents an hour to operate. By simply turning off the coffee pot when it’s not needed, you could save up to nine dollars a month.
#5 Use the sleep mode on your computer [$3 per month]
If you are working from home, one simple way to reduce energy waste is activating your computer’s sleep mode. You can even make your computer automatically sleep when it’s inactive just by adjusting your battery settings.
#6 Keep track of your always-on energy usage [$10 per month]
Around 20% of your energy bill costs come from devices that never turn off. A gaming system alone can add over $19 a month. You can control when devices are on and off by adding a smart plug and automating a schedule to meet your needs. Or, install a power strip and turn off all electronics at the end of the day.
With these tips and DTE Insight, you can start controlling your energy usage and saving money immediately.
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Footnote: (1) Estimated energy savings is based on average electric bill for Michigan households; U.S, Energy Information Administration. McKinsey & Company: Sizing the Potential of Behavioral Energy Efficiency Initiatives in the US Residential Market.