You Step Away From That Thermostat Michigan, It’s Not That Chilly Yet
It's like someone flipped a switch earlier this week.
Last week it was almost 90 on Tuesday, September 14th (Accuweather).
A week and a day later summer is over, we're on the second day of fall and it's like night and day.
We've got clouds, rain, wind, leaves are coming down and changing colors like it's been fall for weeks.
Walking out of the house this morning and getting hit in the face with very cold wind and rain was beyond sobering. It was depressing. Cold, wet, and depressing.
I repeat it's been a week and a day.
Today's high was 51 and tonight it dips to 47.
Are we fighting over the thermostat yet?
Summer just ended, fall just got here, and if you have Consumers Energy they still have their peak rates program in effect.
The Summer Peak Rate includes a peak period from June 1 through September 30. The peak period consists of “on-peak” and “off-peak” rate prices:
- “On-peak” rate price From 2 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, the electricity rate will be about 1.5 times higher than the “off-peak” rate price. (Consumers Energy)
While you're trying to figure out, "does that affect my heating bill or my air conditioner", you can breathe a little easier. Just know that if you do turn on the heat at night, it'll be after 7 pm so you'll be in off-peak hours.
Here's a tip if you are reaching to turn up the heat THIS EARLY in the season.
You can still save big on your energy bill by setting your thermostat to approximately 68 degrees while you’re awake, and turning it down a bit more before you go to bed or when you leave the house. (afmheatcool)
That's a tried and true winter thermostat trick, BUT if you're turning on the heat now, it's a good rule of thumb.
Also, the fall season just got started. Literally.
Bust out those sweaters and blankets.
It's Michigan and if you don't like the weather, give it five minutes.
You could be sweating and sweltering by 5 pm tomorrow and it could be almost 90 degrees.
It could happen.
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