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Spring is in the Air: Tips for Reopening your Home or Cottage

The seasons are changing and Spring is (FINALLY) in the air. Across Michigan that can mean residents are heading north to their cabins or summer homes for the first time after a long winter. It may also mean snowbirds who spend their winters in warmer climates are returning to the state and opening up their homes. Whatever the case, there are some things to keep in mind if you’re returning to a home you haven’t been to in a while.

person turning off a light switchTips for Reopening your Home away from Home

Power Up – If your utilities or other services were turned off while you were away, make sure to request service before returning so you don’t find yourself without the comforts you expect.

The Heat is On – Just because Spring has sprung, doesn’t mean you won’t need to fire up your furnace or use a fireplace. Replace your fire alarm and Carbon Monoxide detector batteries to ensure your family’s safety on those chilly nights.

Flip the switch – Make sure those lights are turning off and on, as expected. In addition, check outlets, appliances and plumbing to confirm everything is working correctly.

Yard Work – As the ground thaws out and plants start to bloom, you’re probably itching to do some yard work or improvements. Make sure to contact Miss Dig at least 3 days before starting any digging projects so they can mark all underground utilities.

Take a Hike – Around your property that is. Check for fallen tree branches or other debris that could be a potential hazard. If you see any issues involving your electric service, make sure to call your energy provider.

Spending your Spring Energy Efficient

Now that you’re settled in and ready to enjoy your spring (and eventual summer), consider these four tips for a more energy efficient season.

Dine alfresco – Forget the stove and kitchen table, consider using your grill and dining outside to enjoy the beautiful weather while also saving energy.

Unplug – Literally. If you’re spending the day outdoors, you can save energy by unplugging items you’re not using.

Seal the deal – Weatherstripping isn’t just for winter. Make sure your windows are sealed to keep the cool air in and the heat (and bugs) out.

Cooler > Refrigerator – Spending time going in and out of the cottage or house for beverages? Opt for a cooler instead, you’ll save energy by not opening and closing the house door and the refrigerator door.

Assistance is Available in any Season

When winter ends there is a perception struggling to pay your energy bills ends with it, but we know that isn’t always the case. Whether you’re still trying to catch up from the cool winter weather or life is doubling down and making it tough to pay your bills, assistance is available. You can check out assistance options on our website. You can also call us at 800-477-5050 to discuss available options based on your specific needs.

You can also contact 2-1-1, a free resource available across Michigan that can help with more than energy bills. Check out their online database to find help with housing, food and more. Visit mi211.org to get started. You can also dial 2-1-1 for help 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more assistance options visit our company blog, Force4Michigan.com.