Winter

Keep Energy Usage & Costs Down When Temperatures Drop

When temperatures drop during the coldest winter months, your home’s heating equipment has to work overtime to keep your house warm and your family safe. To control your monthly costs, it’s critical to manage your energy usage during the winter season.

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4 Factors That Impact Winter Bills

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1. Energy Usage

Half the cost of your energy bill comes from space heating. Set your thermostat to 68° Fahrenheit in the winter, and turn it down a few degrees while sleeping to save up to 10% annually on energy costs.

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2. Fluctuation in Temps

Drastic temperature dips result in your furnace working overtime to keep your home warm — which increases your energy bill.

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3. Household Changes

Less sunlight and more time indoors mean increased lighting and appliance use. Seasonal items like fireplaces and space heaters can also affect usage.

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4. Monthly Billing Cycle

Cycles can run from 26 to 35 days, so monthly bills may vary based on the number of days.

1. Energy Usage

Half the cost of your energy bill comes from space heating. Set your thermostat to 68° Fahrenheit in the winter, and turn it down a few degrees while sleeping to save up to 10% annually on energy costs.

2. Fluctuation in Temps

Drastic temperature dips result in your furnace working overtime to keep your home warm — which increases your energy bill.

3. Household Changes

Less sunlight and more time indoors mean increased lighting and appliance use. Seasonal items like fireplaces and space heaters can also affect usage.

4. Monthy Billing Cycle

Cycles can run from 26 to 35 days, so monthly bills may vary based on the number of days.

Safeguard Your Home This Winter

Safety is always our number one priority.

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Do You Smell Gas?
Immediately Call 9-1-1 and (800) 947-5000

Every homeowner needs to be able to detect the signs of a gas leak.

Smell It: The most obvious sign of a gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs .

See It: Dry or hardened soil and dead or discolored vegetation could indicate a leak. In wet areas, you may notice bubbling.

Hear It: A gas leak often lets out a hissing sound.

If you detect a gas leak, evacuate the surrounding area and call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Routine testing is critical throughout the winter and
all year long. Also check expiration dates on devices annually.

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Keep Exhaust Vents and Meters Clear of Snow and Ice

Allow gases to properly vent outside to avoid a buildup of toxins. Also, in an emergency, a technician may need access to your meter.

Know Your Supplier

Michigan natural gas customers have a choice when it comes to their natural gas supplier. That can affect your energy rate.

Natural Gas Choice

Learn How to Lower Your DTE Energy Bills

Visit our virtual Interactive Energy-Efficient Home for room-by-room, energy-reducing tips that can help you save all winter long.

Download the free DTE Insight App to track your energy usage and find ways to save even more.

Shop the online DTE Marketplace for instant rebates on energy-efficient products for your home, such as LED bulbs, thermostats, smart outlets and more.