DTE offers advice on how to save on electric bills during hot weather

Metro Detroit is already seeing temperatures rise into the 90s and technically it isn’t even summer yet.

On Sunday, the hottest day of the weekend, DTE Energy saw a dramatic increase in energy consumption as people turned on their air conditioners.

But as temperatures rise, so do electricity bills. DTE offers this advice to prevent this from happening while still coping with the heat:

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  • Especially in summer, consumers should check their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter monthly. Filters should be used at least every three months. A dirty filter can slow down the HVAC, forcing it to work harder to cool the hour, resulting in wasted energy.
  • It is also recommended to use a microwave or grill for cooking rather than an oven. Cooking indoors provides warmth in the house, especially in the afternoon. Then the outside temperatures are the hottest. If you are cooking indoors, it is best to turn on the exhaust fan to move the hot air outside.
  • The same logic applies to washing dishes, running the dishwasher, or doing laundry. It is best to do it in the evening when the temperatures start to cool. When using a dishwasher, DTE recommends that you air dry the dishes instead of drying them in the dishwasher. The heat from the machine can increase the temperature and humidity in the house.
  • Also at lower temperatures it is recommended to shower for shorter periods. Steamy hot showers can fill the bathroom with hot humid air, making it harder for the air conditioner to cool the bathroom.
  • Using blinds, shades, curtains, and other shading aids on west and south-facing windows can block the heat from sunlight.
  • The DTE Insight app has more tools to save money by tracking energy through DTE Energy Bridge. The app is free and DTE Energy Bridge and free for the first six months and $1.99 after that.

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