DTE Home Energy Consultation – DTE recently promoted its FREE home energy consultation promotion on Oakland County Moms and I tried it out for review purposes. The DTE energy consultation is FREE to residential customers and provides you with a full home energy usage analysis, as well as FREE energy saving light bulbs.
I decided to schedule my own energy consultation because I am one of those customers who regularly receives notification from DTE that I’m using more energy than my neighbors. I have a majority of our light bulbs switched over to energy saving versions, but thought maybe there was something I was missing.
It was easy to schedule an appointment for a DTE rep to come to my home and do a walk-through. On the day of our appointment, Anthony from DTE came to our home. He was extremely courteous and eager to help.
I explained to Anthony that we’ve been receiving letters from DTE so he immediately took a closer look at everything. He was very knowledgeable and pointed out things I didn’t even think of, e.g. our track lighting in our family room uses Halogen lights. Halogen lights are the most expensive to operate as they use the most energy. He suggested that we unplug our cell phone chargers when not in use because it could run an additional $5/month for each charger. Additionally, he noticed that we had installed energy saving light bulbs downstairs that tied into a dimmer switch. He pointed this out as you should never use energy saving light bulbs with a dimmer switch since it is a fire hazard.
Anthony made sure every fixture possible had energy saving light bulbs. He even took down light fixtures from the ceiling to replace bulbs. We were left with energy saving light bulbs all throughout the house (except for the dimmer switches), and some great tips for what we could do differently. I can’t wait to see the effect on future bills.
After all was completed, Anthony left us with an energy saving folder filled with more tips. He also said that Consumers Energy had the same style program, and for free as well. Maybe I’ll have to give that one a try, too!