What is an Energy Savings Event?

Electricity costs increase during periods of peak demand, and local or regional capacity challenges can also occur when central air conditioning use is at its highest. The Smart Thermostat Program is a way that our customers can voluntarily assist with keeping electricity reliable and affordable for all. Reducing electricity use during peak periods offsets the need to purchase and generate additional electricity.


On the hottest days of the summer, Consumers Energy may call an Energy Savings Event in the afternoon between 1pm and 7pm, for no longer than 4 hours. The Smart Thermostat Program will pre-cool your home 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 unit.

Last Update: March 5, 2019

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