What is an Energy Savings Event?

The hottest summer and coldest winter days create heavy demand on the energy grid. On these days of increased need, the energy system may become strained, and getting energy to everyone who needs it can become inefficient and expensive. The Smart Thermostat Program empowers our customers to voluntarily assist with keeping energy service reliable and affordable for the whole community by reducing energy use when demand is highest. 

On select hot summer or cold winter days, Consumers Energy may call an Energy Savings Event. Summer events will typically occur on weekdays between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will last no longer than four hours. There will be a maximum of 14 events in the summer. Winter events will occur in the morning, typically between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. There will be a maximum of 10 events in the winter. Energy Saving Events will not be scheduled during holidays or weekends.

The Smart Thermostat Program will cool your home in the summer or heat your home in the winter in the hours leading up to the event when the demand for energy is lower. This allows you to stay comfortable through the Energy Savings Event while minimizing the need to run the HVAC.

During the event, your HVAC will run a little less than usual, but since we got your home to a comfortable temperature in advance, you shouldn’t notice much change. If the temperature drifts more than a few degrees from your original setting, your heating/air conditioner will turn on to get you back to a comfortable temperature.

Last Update: March 5, 2019

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