Our Use of Power Is Slowing Down

Posted on June 26, 2012
Ever since Edison invented the light bulb, Americans use of electric power has trended upward. And with American homes increasingly plugging in technology that requires power—cell phones, iPads, DVRs, to name a few—you would think the opposite would be true. But according to experts, over the next decade, residential power use is expected to fall. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, from 1980 to 2000, residential power demand grew by about 2.5% a year. From 2000 to 2010,... Read more

Storm Season Safety Reminder

Posted on June 16, 2012
It isn’t even summer yet and many Michiganders have already endured power outages due to storms that have knocked down power lines and utility poles. Here a few tried and true tips for weathering another storm season: Have on hand a portable radio, flashlights and fresh batteries. Know where your electric circuit box is located in your home and know how to turn the power on and off. Before reporting an outage to your electric utility provider, be sure to check if you have a blown fuse or... Read more

The Real Story on Light Bulb Legislation

Posted on June 8, 2012
Many consumers think the incandescent light bulb will no longer be available or manufactured. Not so. Here’s the real story. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) was passed in the U.S. As a result, over the next three years, the minimum efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs will be raised for bulbs manufactured in or imported into the United States. This means that only inefficient incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured. Here’s the... Read more