Consumers Energy launches new program to help lower utility bill

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Consumers Energy is starting a new program to help bring down your utility bill.

The Peak Power Savers program is for customers who have a new upgraded meter.

The voluntary program is broken down three ways---

* Air Conditioner Peak Cycling -- Consumers Energy will install an AC cycling device on or near your central air conditioner. Typically, on the hottest days of the year, Consumers Energy will cycle your air conditioner for short durations. Your AC unit's fan will continue to run, keeping your home comfortable. Your cooling system will return to normal when the cycling event ends. Most customers report little to no difference in their comfort level. Customers who participate in the program will receive a gift card for signing up and a credit on their energy bill during the summer months of June through September.

* Peak Rewards Time of Use – Customers pay a lower rate during off-peak hours every day and can save even more on the days when energy use is expected to be extremely high – typically on the hottest days of summer. These are called Energy Savings Days. If customers use less energy than they typically do during those peak hours on these days, they will receive a bill credit. There is no penalty if they do not use less energy -- they simply pay the standard rate for the energy used during those hours.

* Critical Peak Time of Use – For customers who want to maximize their savings, this option allows them to enjoy even lower rates throughout the year, with higher rates only for energy used during peak demand times on Energy Savings Days. Customers that keep energy use low during peak demand on these select days will receive the greatest savings.

“We are committed to helping Michigan households manage their energy use. These new programs give more options to our residential customers to lower bills and are another great benefit of new upgraded meters that we will finish installing across the state this year,” said Lisa DeLacy, Consumers Energy’s executive director of smart energy.

To learn more about the Peak Power Savers program, click on the link within this story. You can also call Consumers Energy at 877-789-9883.

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