The polar vortex inhabiting much of the Midwest continues to linger, with a thaw-out not expected until the weekend. That has led DTE Energy to call on its customers to conserve electricity, citing needs for stability of the power grid.
“We know how important it is for our customers and Michigan’s economy to have reliable electric service they can count on day in and day out,” said Christy Wicke, executive director of DTE Energy’s Generation Optimization in a news release. “While DTE’s plants are running well, our system is connected to energy grids in other states and Canada that are experiencing issues due to the extreme weather. Because of this, we are asking for your support to ensure everyone can stay warm.”
DTE suggests the following to help them conserve energy.
- Lower your thermostat several degrees and wear additional clothing
- Reduce your use of major appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens and dishwashers
- Turn off lights when not in use
- Line your windows with clear plastic for heat retention
- Open blinds on south-facing windows to allow sunlight to warm your home
While it would be good for everyone who can to do their part to help, what may be better is reducing your reliance on the power company altogether. POWERHOME Solar especially loves DTE’s suggestion about letting sunlight power your home. Homeowners can do that in a big way by going solar at their homes and saving money on their utility bills. Michigan’s power rates are among the highest in the nation. Why pay the power company when you could pay yourself?
By going solar at your home, you are reducing your dependency on the grid and putting your money toward a product that you can own and a commodity that you can similarly own in the energy your panels produce. Remember, solar panels don’t need heat to work. They just need sunlight, whether that sunlight comes when it’s 70 degrees, or something near or below zero. Even on cloudy days, solar panels generate electricity. Just think of the last time you got a sunburn on a cloudy day.
Solar energy is clean, green energy. Contrast that to the energy power companies provide from fossil fuel sources that emit greenhouse gases when burned and contribute to climate change. Solar energy provides customers a choice – one that saves you money on your power bills and helps the environment. It’s a terrific asset from both perspectives.
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