DETROIT – If you’ve noticed your DTE bills are higher than normal this summer, you’re not alone.
We’ve received several inquiries from readers asking us to look into this. We reached out to DTE to find out why some customers are seeing higher bills. There are three main reasons:
It’s been a hot summer
DTE says one of the biggest reasons bills are higher is the hot summer. “This summer has been one of the hottest on record for the Detroit area, and many customers have increased their air conditioning use to stay comfortable during this period.”
This summer is on track to be in the top seven warmest on record for the Detroit area. Several of the warmest summers have been recorded since 2000.
Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to keep your home cool could reduce energy use for air conditioning by 20% to 50%.