Cold Weather

STAY SAFE DURING A POWER OUTAGE

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Warming Shelters

If you need emergency shelter from the cold, call 2-1-1 to ask about warming shelters in your area.

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MORE COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

  • Be aware that prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite. So keep your time outside to a minimum and cover up exposed skin.
  • Know where your furnace vents exhaust from your home, and check regularly to make sure it isn’t blocked by snow or ice.
  • Keep pathways clear of snow for meter readers.
  • Be extra cautious anywhere ice may form, especially around Consumers Energy Hydro plants.
  • When using a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. keep it away from water and anything flammable, and always unplug it before sleeping.
  • If you’re falling behind on your energy bill, click here for resources that can help.

COLD WEATHER SAVINGS TIPS

Here are a few suggestions to help you save money while you stay nice and cozy:

  • Change Your Thermostat Settings: Save energy while staying warm by setting your heat to a lower temperature. Use your programmable thermostat to set your heat at 68 degrees when you are home and 65 degrees when you are away for less than 5 hours. If you’re going to be away for more than five hours set the thermostat to 58 degrees.
  • Maintain Your Furnace: Have a professional inspect your furnace every year to be certain it is running as efficiently as possible. Also, change your furnace filter regularly. A dirty furnace filter restricts airflow, making your fan motor work harder and your energy bill rise.
  • Prep Your Windows/ Doors: Check for leaks in your windows and doors by feeling around for cool air. Caulk, fill, or weather strip if necessary. Repair or replace any broken windows or doors.
  • Reset Your Ceiling Fans: Set your ceiling fans to spin clockwise on the low setting. This will push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room.
  • Close Doors and Vents: Close attic, basement, garage and exterior doors.
  • Pay Attention To Your Water Heater: In most homes, the water heater is the second highest user of energy. So it pays to give yours some attention. Set your water heater to the lowest setting, or 120 degrees. For additional savings, put a manufacturer’s recommended insulation blanket around your water heater.
Learn more about ways to save money and energy all year long.