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Archive for January 2019

DTE to address power line hazards following woman’s electrocution death

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The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved a plan from DTE Energy that will have the utility bolstering its emergency storm response and funding public education efforts regarding the hazards of downed power lines after a Detroit woman was electrocuted by a downed DTE power line following a significant storm last May. “After the May storm,…

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Just went solar! The faces of joy from choosing POWERHOME

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What does going solar look like with POWERHOME Solar? When we see our customers sign up to get solar panels at their home, we see the excitement in their faces, because they now know what solar can do both for their wallet and the environment. No matter whether your panels are placed on the roof…

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How POWERHOME’s solar panel battery storage solution works for you

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Power outages are typical during winter months, as the weight of snow and freezing rain, along with high winds, can wreak havoc on power lines. While power companies do work as quickly as possible to repair service, they can’t help everyone at once. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a backup power source to…

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How long do solar panels last?

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When you begin to think about investing in a solar system installation, the question of how long do solar panels last is bound to come up. It’s hard to calculate the savings against the initial cost of a home solar system without knowing the solar panel lifespan and how long they will produce the energy…

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Remembering the importance of seasonality with solar panel production

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We’re well into the winter season, and for those with solar panels, you may be looking at your power bill and wondering why you’re not seeing the production and savings you enjoyed during the summer months. There are reasons for that, of course. The winter months are generally cloudier than summer days, and winter days…

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Report shows how much coal ash is generated in Michigan

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The great thing about electricity generated by solar panels is that it is clean and renewable. That stands in contrast to electricity generated by burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, which emit massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. And in the case of coal-fired plants, there’s also the issue of…

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DTE Energy fined $840,000 for violating billing, shutoff rules

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Sometimes it can feel like you’re powerless when working with power companies. But DTE Energy customers scored a win recently when the Michigan Public Service Commission fined the utility company $840,000 for violating the commission’s rules governing billing and shutoff practices. MPSC opened an investigation in December 2017 after receiving customer complaints that “DTE Electric…

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The most efficient type of solar panels

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Since solar panels can last up to 30 years or more, the solar panels you choose now will impact your energy production and cost savings in the foreseeable future. Choosing the best solar panels for your system makes all the difference. When you are looking for the most efficient solar panels for your solar power…

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