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.
It’s a new year and plenty of new opportunities to strengthen Michigan’s energy future lie ahead. In 2019, local energy companies are making great progress toward a set of resolutions that bolster the reliability, affordability, and sustainability of our energy supply.
Believe it or not, it’s about to get even colder in Michigan. The polar vortex has been described as “brutal,” “dangerous,” and even “the coldest weather in a generation.” We can hold our own when it comes to winter weather, but the storm currently whipping its way through the Midwest is no joke.