MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (03/29/17) - With the weather showing some signs of spring, some may already be thinking summer - and higher bills as it turns into air conditioning season.
Consumers Energy has a new program to help customers save money called Power Peak Savers.
Basically, Consumers Energy comes out to your home and installs a device on your AC unit. Then, on peak heating days in the summer months, like when it's scorching hot out, that device will cycle your AC unit on and off in 15 minute increments between the hours of 12 a.m. and 8 p.m. to save on energy.
This is completely voluntary and doesn't cost you a dime - in fact, this summer will be the first time Consumers Energy is doing this program.
They also anticipate about 15 peak heating days total throughout the summer.
“When there's a huge demand for electricity, it becomes much more expensive to buy it and what happens is we have to spend much more money to buy electricity or we have to build or buy energy from power plants that really sit idle for much of the year and they're only available on those hot days. So if we can have people use less power on the peak days, that lowers costs for everybody,” said Brian Wheeler, of Consumer Energy.
The average savings is five to 10 percent over the course of the summer and they'll even give you a $25 Visa gift card to sign up, along with reduced electric rates during the months.
You have to have a smart meter in order to participate.
To learn how to sign up, click the link in the ‘Related Links’ section of this story.