Simple changes add up to energy savings.
By participating in Demand Response, you can save on your electric bill and help improve grid reliability in times of high energy demand, like during a heat wave. These programs also contribute to our goal of helping Michigan become a cleaner, better place for future generations.
A Demand Response Event is a period of high energy demand when we activate programs to relieve stress on the grid.
As a Demand Response participant, you're encouraged or assisted to reduce your electricity usage during an event. That may include adjusting the use of your washer, dryer or dishwasher to times outside an event. Some Demand Response options also help you reduce your electricity usage automatically by slightly adjusting your thermostats, pausing your electric vehicle’s charge or cycling your air conditioning unit.
With Demand Response, you can take more control of your energy bill. Be aware of your household energy usage and make adjustments to your daily habits to help conserve energy and lower your costs.
You may be eligible for Demand Response if you’re a DTE electric customer willing to participate in Demand Response Events and have a smart meter (also called an AMI meter). Learn more about smart meters.
Please review and compare your Demand Response options for specific details and to find the one that works best for your lifestyle.
Flexibility and planning are keys to saving money in Demand Response. You can reduce your electricity costs by shifting or reducing some of your energy use to off-peak weekday hours or all weekend.
With off-peak hours all day Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend is a great time to catch up on laundry.
Tips: Use cold or cool water settings for washing. Heating water accounts for up to 90% of the energy used in each washload. And fill — but don’t overfill — your dryer for each load. Smaller loads use the same amount of energy as larger ones.
You can reduce heating and cooling costs by setting a schedule on your smart thermostat during on-peak hours.
Tips: During winter months, the ideal range to program your thermostat is between 68 and 70 when you’re home. Use smart features to lower the temperature to 65 when you’re not home.
A great way to save money and energy is to run your dishwasher before or after an event or during off-peak hours.
Tips: Many dishwashers now have a delay setting. Load the machine after dinner and set it to run overnight to take advantage of off-peak pricing.
Many electronic devices continue to draw energy even when not in use. Installing a smart power strip can help you manage energy use by better regulating these devices.
Tips: A smart plug controlled by a smartphone app lets you power off lamps, TVs, printers and gaming consoles when they aren’t being used.
Demand Response is significant to the operation and sustainability of the electric grid and expanding grid modernization. For DTE, Demand Response addresses two primary goals:
Demand Response can also help achieve the Company’s goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050.
Less energy consumption during Demand Response Events provides benefits for everyone. By reducing the need for additional generation during these periods, the cost of energy is kept lower for all customers.
Demand Response programs are being offered across the U.S. and internationally. They provide customers like you the opportunity to participate in managing and balancing the electric grid. You can do your part by reducing or shifting your electricity usage during peak periods.
By participating in Demand Response programs you can save money by reducing electricity use during periods of high demand or by shifting some of your energy use to take advantage of time-based rates.
Choose what works best for you from among six Demand Response options, including automated solutions to manage your energy use.
A Demand Response Event may vary from a slight adjustment to your thermostat to other automated adjustments, like cycling your cooling system, depending on which option you choose. You may not even notice a significant change from these adjustments.
Some Demand Response incentives encourage you to take more control of your electric bill. For instance, if you're able to be flexible about when you do your laundry or run your dishwasher, you can take advantage of incentives based on off-peak hours in the early morning, late evening and weekends.
Although we have enough generation for our own customers, Demand Response Events can occur when demand for electricity is predicted to or does exceed available generation in other areas connected to the same electric system as DTE through the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). For example, an extreme heat wave in a surrounding state that causes a spike in electric consumption can trigger a Demand Response Event in Michigan, since 15 states in the Midwest and the South are connected to the same grid.
Simple changes add up to energy savings.
Review and compare your six Demand Response options below to find the one that works best for you. Each option includes a link to more details, benefits and requirements and information on how to enroll or switch to your preferred choice.
Suitable for your household if you’re in the market for a new smart thermostat and can shift some of your electricity use away from weekday periods between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. You’ll receive a free Wi-Fi-enabled ecobee3 lite smart thermostat and a Dynamic Peak Pricing rate.
Events: Critical Peak Events may be called throughout the year on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During these intermittent events (up to 14 per year), you’ll be charged $1.02 per kWh.
“I received mine a few weeks ago. I didn't know how to set it up, so I called DTE – they sent someone, and it only took 5 mins for him to install. Very easy process. I love being able to adjust my temperature from my phone so when I'm out I can keep the heat low.”
– Jenny M., Participant since 2020
"100% worth it! I switched in February and installed the ecobee myself in 10 minutes. The ecobee combined with the DTE Energy Bridge has lowered my electric bill.”
– Aaron M., 2022 Participant
“I can easily compare the usage/costs from month-to-month on my bill statements; the ecobee thermostat is very effective - and I really like being able to monitor from my phone. I feel great when we move usage of appliances to off-peak hours - without really impacting our daily lives. It also was good this year that no "energy emergency" days were declared this summer - but I know that was just luck.”
– Peter S., Participant since 2021
“I didn't expect the thermostat can be so smart as I had been using a regular one for nearly 30 years. The program also provides opportunities of saving electricity when needed, though as a family we haven't changed much in using the appliances for the time being.”
– Jianting W., Participant since 2021
“It helped lower our energy bill quite a bit and made us reconsider a lot of our electrical uses and habits. I like having the smart thermostat that I can control from anywhere in the house as well. Overall, I think it has helped us be more cognizant of our energy usage and save some money.”
– Stephanie F., Participant since 2020
Perfect for residential electric customers who already have a smart, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat installed.
Events: During scheduled events, all participating thermostats will be automatically adjusted up to four degrees from the thermostat’s original setpoint. Adjustments typically last no more than four hours between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and non-holidays from June 1 through September 30.
“Frequency of communication is good, not too much. That communication is direct and helpful.”
– Simon C.
“Saves you money by lowering usage when it is not needed and you don’t have to think about it.”
– Steve S.
“It was easy to participate in the program and the program worked smoothly without any discomfort to us.”
– Wendy K.
“Communication and helping others understand how easy it is to be impactful in saving energy and money!”
– Kathleen M.
Ideal for residential electric customers with central air conditioning or a whole-home air source heat pump who can install an additional smart meter and a 24-volt power source connection.
Events: During events, we’ll briefly cycle your air conditioning or air source heat pump in 15-minute intervals by sending a signal to the device. The cycling of your equipment will be limited to no more than eight hours in a 24-hour period and no more than 30 minutes per hour.
Great for your household budget if you can allow temporary interruptions of electricity to your water heater and have a separately metered circuit for water heating.
Events: There may be temporary interruptions of electricity to your water heater for up to four hours per day.
Ideal for electric vehicle owners looking for ways to optimize the energy grid by participating in brief charging interruptions.
Events: DTE and your automaker will temporarily pause your vehicle’s charging when the energy grid is most strained. You'll typically be notified in advance.
Suitable for your household if you can be flexible with some of your electricity use. Doing this lets you take advantage of lower rate periods during off-peak weekday hours and weekends.
Events: Critical Peak Events may be called on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During these intermittent events (up to 14 per year), you’ll be charged $1.02 per kWh. You'll be notified at least six hours before any event, so you're prepared.
"I now do laundry mainly on the weekend or after 7 pm. I also only run the dishwasher at night. These alone are saving us money"
– Stephen O.
"It saves money because I charge my EV during off-peak hours and this year. I've been pre-cooling overnight, so A/C doesn't need to run at all during the day even with highs in the 90's."
– Mark I.
"Allows me to plan prior to the higher rate periods. Also allows me to not be as concerned on Weekends and holidays."
– Henry T.
"Saves money by scheduling electrical usage for off-peak hours; makes me feel good to contribute to effective energy usage solutions during peak periods."
– Thomas H.
"I like the whole idea of being able to participate in some way to help others; to be part of team effort to reduce the overuse of electricity"
– Ann S.
DTE offers two additional tiered pricing options that are separate from Demand Response. Learn more about:
Please visit Electric Pricing Options to review all your electric pricing alternatives, add-ons, and incentives.