Consumers make wise choices about how, when, and how much energy they use each day to power everything from smart phones and home appliances to office equipment and industrial machines.
In homes and businesses, the way we use energy is also changing rapidly. Just 20 years ago, home computers were still using dial-up to connect to the Internet. Home appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, televisions, thermostats relied on electricity, but not in the same way they do now.
Today, the devices we use are increasingly interconnected and smarter. Your refrigerator or washer and dryer likely use technologies as complex as your smart phone. That means they’re more sensitive to, and more dependent on, a smooth, reliable flow of energy.
Fortunately, the tools consumers have at their disposal to help them use energy wisely—and more cost-efficiently—are also expanding.
Numerous things you can do at little to no cost can improve your personal energy efficiency and help keep your costs low. Technology innovations can help make it easier to monitor and adjust energy use in our homes and businesses in real time:
Using the energy we have more efficiently is vital to making our state’s energy system stronger and helping it work better for all of us. Making smarter energy choices is also one thing we all have in our power to help Michigan usher in a cleaner, more reliable, and more energy-efficient future, together.
Michigan is on the right path to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future—one that makes sense for Michigan’s unique climate, geography, and economy.
Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, children, and low-income households, are the ones who have felt the most bitter sting from this year’s unprecedented cold snaps. That’s what makes energy assistance programs like the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) so important.