Do the Summer Shift
When was the last time you thought about how your habits today can affect the next generation? This summer, consider a new habit—one for all ages; one that can be started without spending a dime, yet can help MiEnergy keep your electricity rates stable and affordable. It's called the Summer Shift.
The Summer Shift is not a new dance move. It means reducing electric use between 11 am and 7 pm on summer weekdays. This helps MiEnergy keep rates affordable by purchasing less power when electricity is in high demand and most expensive, thus "shifting" the demand for electricity to times of the day when electricity costs less to purchase.
Ways you can do the Summer Shift:
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer when no one is home. Using a programmable thermostat means one less thing to remember.
- Delay starting a load of laundry until after 7 pm (use cold water, if possible). Or, wash clothes first thing in the morning and dry your clothes outside on a clothes line during the day.
- Program the dishwasher to avoid running it between 11 am and 7 pm.
- Shut off lights when you are not using them.
- Enjoy a picnic lunch and/or dinner a few days a week with sandwiches and other foods that do not require a stove or microwave to prepare.