7 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SAVERS 1 EDUCATE YOURSELF AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD The key to saving on your DPP rate is making sure that everyone in the household clearly understands when it is cheapest to use energy – and then adjusts their behavior accordingly. Try posting reminders, to help everyone learn and remember the DPP rate schedule. Get the entire family involved. One proactive parent told us he motivated his kids by tying a monthly allowance bonus to energy bill savings. (For posters go to dteenergy.com/dpp, select ‘Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate’ and scroll down to ‘Learning aids’.) 2 USE TIMERS Make a list of items that can be put on programmable timers to reduce energy use during On-Peak hours. Some ideas – pool filter, pond water pump, holiday and other lighting, dehumidifier, chest freezer, sprinkler system running off a well. What else can you think of? Your local hardware and big box stores carry a wide variety of programmable timer devices. Some can even be controlled from your smart phone! 3 KNOW YOUR ‘HEAVY-HITTERS’ Know which appliances are using the most energy in your home. Give some thought to when you use them and whether it may be time to replace them with EnergyStar®-rated models. Refrigerators, on 24/7, are heavy energy users. Is it time to replace yours with a more energy efficient model? Do you really need an older model second fridge running ‘round the clock in the basement or garage? Other big hitters – dehumidifiers, AC units, well pumps, multiple TVs/ game systems/electronics running simultaneously. Try using the simple calculator at dteenergy. com/DPPcalculator to estimate the cost of operating appliances and electronics during On-and Off-Peak hours. 4 MONITOR AND ADJUST YOUR HABITS The DTE Insight app links your smartphone and the advanced meter to help you discover more ways to reduce energy use and save. By viewing your daily electrical usage, you can adjust your habits to align heavy energy use with Off-Peak hours. For instance, delay starting the dishwasher until 11 PM on weekdays, postpone laundry duties and save holiday baking until the weekend. Download the FREE app and learn more about its features at dteenergy.com/dteinsight. 5 USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Heating and cooling usually comprise just over 50% of any home’s energy use. You can easily reduce energy use (as much as 1% for each degree, if the setting period is eight hours long) by raising (summer) or lowering (winter) thermostat settings for sleeping hours and when you are away from home. Save even more by programming your thermostat around On-, Off- and Mid-Peak rate periods. •S ummer settings - 78°F is a recommended setpoint for the summer months. Whatever temperature you choose for your comfort, consider raising the setpoint by 7 degrees when you’ll be away from home for eight hours or more. Raise it by 4 degrees when you sleep. •W inter settings - 68°F is a recommended setpoint for the winter months. Whatever temperature you choose for your comfort, consider dropping the setpoint by 8 degrees when you’ll be away from home for eight hours or more. Drop it by 6 degrees when you sleep. 6 SAY NO TO VAMPIRE ENERGY An estimated 10 percent of the average home electricity use annually comes from the energy used by appliances and electronics which continue to draw energy, and add to your electricity bill, even when they are not in use. How many rechargeable electronic devices are in use in your family? How many chargers are simply left plugged in to the wall all day long, even when no device is being charged? Tip 1: Set up a charging center for your home. Designate an area where all chargers can be plugged in to an energy strip. Plug it in at 11 PM on weekdays (or put it on a timer) and unplug the strip in the morning. Tip 2: Use a smart power strip so when you turn off your TV it will automatically turn off your DVD, VCR, Blue-Ray and/or gaming console so you are not paying for ‘vampire’ power. Smart power strips work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Some of these strips also provide an “always on” plug so devices such as your DVR are always available to record your favorite show. 7 PLAN AHEAD FOR CRITICAL PEAKS A little advance planning will ensure you can prevent a higher energy bill when Critical Peak events are called: •K eep your notification information up-to-date. To verify or update your notification information, call us at 855.836.6707. Customer representatives are available Mon. – Fri., 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sat., 8 AM to 2 PM, to assist you. You’ll be notified by 6 PM a day in advance if a Critical Peak event is likely. 160064/PDF/01-16 •M ake a list ahead of time of the actions your household will take to reduce energy use, then post it. Find ideas and a Household Plan you can post at dteenergy.com/dpp. Select ‘Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate’, scroll down to ‘Learning Aids’ and click on the ‘Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate’ poster.
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