Consumers Energy Tells Metro Detroit To Dial Up Thermostat Amid Heat Wave

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Metro Detroit area is heading for a heat wave later this week, with temperatures expected to hit near 100 degrees on Friday. 

The extreme heat doesn't just cause physical harm but it can also cause financial harm. To keep your home cool and save money and energy at the same time, Consumers Energy is asking customers to reduce air conditioning use and dial thermostats up to at least 78 degrees -- and even higher when no one is home. 

The energy company says customers will save 1-3% on cooling costs for every degree they're able to dial up.

Even if you reduce your AC usage, don't be surprised if you see a higher bill than average for the month. 

"We are saying that customers who are using their air conditioning this month with the prolonged hot weather, their bill could be possibly 40 percent more next month than a typical July," warned spokesperson Debra Dodd.

Here's a look at the forecast from the WWJ Weather Team:

Thursday -- Times of clouds and sun, warm and humid; an afternoon shower or thunderstorm in spots. High 89. Low 78.

Friday -- Partly sunny; very hot; extreme heat can be dangerous for outdoor activities. High 98. Low 80.

Saturday -- Partial sunshine; a shower or thunderstorm around, very hot and humid. High 95. Low 73.

Sunday -- Periods of clouds and sunshine, a shower or thunderstorm around; not as hot but humid. High 85. Low 67.

Monday -- Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 82. Low 60.

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