Hot weather impacting energy usage


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Consumers Energy is firing on all cylinders to keep up with power demands from the non-stop summer heat.


“All the power plants that we operate are running in situations like this,” said Consumers Energy Spokesman Brian Wheeler.


Wheeler says although workers are closely monitoring high energy demands, operations are running smoothly.


“We have enough supply and we have enough capacity to meet people’s needs on days like this,” Wheeler said.


Wheeler says customers are actually seeing the biggest impacts of the heat, with higher energy bills from constantly running air conditioners and fans.


“So we really encourage people to take steps to really limit their energy usage,” Wheeler said.


He says you can see a big impact on your bill by watching use when you’re not home or sleeping; setting thermostats to 78 degrees or turning cooling systems off.


When the weather cools down at night, opening windows to circulate air can do the job of an air conditioner.


“Really just keep you safe and cool when you need to be, but not use more energy than you need to,” Wheeler said.


Another way to lighten the load, Consumers offers special rates for customers who have low energy usage during peak summer hours, which are between 2-6 p.m.  


“We’ve got enough power for what they need, but they can really be in charge of their bills,” Wheeler said.


Follow this link for more tips on energy savings from Consumers Energy.

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