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Americans are using more appliances, offsetting efficiency gains

Energy research data shows Michiganders are using nearly 40 percent more energy than the national average.

The data also shows that Americans are using more appliances and offsetting efficiency gains.

U.S. Energy Information Administration researchers said home appliances are more energy efficient compared to 30 years ago, but many people now have more gadgets in their home. Continue reading

Michigan energy appraisal estimates lower bills

The state says its bi-annual energy appraisal shows that residents will have a bit more money in their pockets this Winter.

Judy Palnau is a media specialist with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She says although unit price has risen for natural gas users, overall they should be paying less.

“Bills will be going down despite the fact that natural gas prices per unit are expected to be up. Last year was actually the reverse. We were paying an 11-year low per unit of natural gas, but because we were using so much more of it to keep warm, many people saw their bills actually go up, despite the lower price.”

Palnau says the estimate is based on the assumption that Michigan will have a return to normal winter weather this year.

We spoke to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. Their meteorologists say Michigan will likely see a slightly colder than normal winter, however it will be nowhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex.

The MPSC says even if Michigan has another remarkably cold Winter, there is enough energy stored to avoid a crisis.

Energy costs, demand expected to increase this summer

file0001691310751This past winter season impacted more than just Michigan roads.

State officials say the brutal winter and the polar vortex is also likely to impact summer energy prices. Continue reading

$90 million made available for energy assistance programs

file2231266365543Nearly $90 million in grant money has been distributed among several organizations in Michigan to provide home heating assistance.

Consumer’s Energy, DTE Energy and The Salvation Army are a few of the 14 organizations that received money to provide energy assistance funding to those who need it.
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