Last Updated: September 19th, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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A small portion of Consumers Energy customers in Michigan could see an increase in their power bills this summer as the utility company implements a summer Time of Use rate, which will make power drawn from the grid weekdays between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. more expensive for its customers. The new rate kicks in June 1 and will run through September.
Per Consumers Energy, “electric prices during this period of high demand will be approximately 1.5 times higher than the price of electricity during off-peak periods,” with rates being about 14.4 cents per kilowatt hour during the peak time and about 9.7 cents/kWh for other times of day. This rate replaces Consumers’ current summer rate that charges customers an increased price when they use more than 600 kWh a month.
Per a report by ABC 12 in Flint, Michigan, only three percent of Consumers Energy’s 1.6 customers will fall under this new rate this summer, but it goes into effect for all customers in 2020. For those that will have this new rate structure this year, Consumers says that the average customer will see no more than a $4 increase to his/her monthly summer bill, though shifting your power usage beyond the 2 p.m.-7 p.m. window can actually lower your utility costs.
While energy costs are higher in this 2 p.m.-7 p.m. window, it’s also the time when air conditioners will be most in use from the heat of the day. Running your air conditioner at the same temperature as you always have figures to cost you more in the years ahead.
POWERHOME Solar is answer to combat Time of Use rate
However, going solar with help from POWERHOME Solar provides a great alternative to help you avoid this summer Time of Use rate. Your solar panels will be generating a great amount of electricity during those hours, and there’s a high likelihood that your solar panels will be producing all the energy that your home may need in that window. When you’re using your own energy to power your home, you’re not paying to use Consumers Energy’s power. Even if your home needs more energy than your solar panels can provide at any one time, your grid needs still will be less, limiting yourself from the effects of this Time of Use rate.
And remember, when your solar panels produce more energy than what your home needs, that energy is sent back to the grid, and you are credited for that on your power bill.
By lowering the amount you pay the power company, you also lower your carbon footprint. You’re doing the right thing for the environment, and that’s a win for you and even for non-solar customers.
POWERHOME Solar would love to work with Consumers Energy customers who want to go green. Not everyone can qualify to get solar, but for those that do, you’re setting yourself up to save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your system. POWERHOME uses only American-made panels that come with a 30-year warranty. Our customers love both aspects.
For more information about how your home can benefit from solar, call us at 800-765-2715 or visit powerhome.com. Make this time your time to avoid paying the summer Time of Use rate!