During these uncertain times, we understand many customers are facing unexpected financial hardships. We have a variety of ways to help. From payment assistance programs to energy-saving tips and tools that help you save energy and lower your bill.

For a limited-time, a free Energy-saving Kit, valued at $45, is available to select Michigan customers. The LED bulbs and the Advanced Smart Strip in the kit can help you save on your energy bill. The kit also includes reusable face masks and hand sanitizer to help keep you and your community safe.*

Order today! Quantities are limited.

Energy-saving Kit with PPE                                         

2 – 11W LEDs (75W equivalent)
2 – 15W LEDs (100W equivalent)
1 – Advanced Power Strip
1 – 2 oz. Hand Sanitizer*
2 – Reusable Face Masks*

Save with LEDs

One of the easiest ways to save energy is by replacing traditional bulbs with LEDs. Replacing just five traditional bulbs with LEDs can save you $75 a year. Since the average home has about 30 light bulbs, the savings are huge!

Save about $1.50 per LED with instant rebates at your local store. Look for the I&M logo on the shelf or go to ElectricIdeas.com/Lighting to find a store near you.

 


Make Saving Easy with an Advanced Power Strip

Stop paying for energy you’re not using and start living more efficiently without making a lifestyle change – let the energy-saving Advanced Power Strip do all the work for you!

Power strips are often used to expand existing electrical outlets in a home. However, commonly plugged-in devices such as TVs, computers, media players and printers continue to use power when in standby mode on a traditional power strip. Often known as “phantom power” or “vampire power”, this electricity drain adds about 10% to your electric bill. Reducing or eliminating its presence can mean serious energy savings.

The Advanced Power Strip makes it easy to eliminate phantom and standby power losses without ever unplugging the equipment. The Advanced Power Strip intelligently cuts off power to connected devices when they’re not in use. If you need help with setting-up the Advanced Power Strip, see the video tutorial or the spec sheet.

 


Help with Your Energy Bill

Indiana Michigan Power has payment options that may help you, and we can direct you to agencies that can help customers who meet income and other guidelines. Visit IndianaMichiganPower.com or call 800-311-4634 to learn more about Payment Assistance programs that may help you with your energy bill.

 

Easy Tips to Help You Save

Your home may be a busier place now, with energy use going up. Some tips to help you manage your energy use during these extended periods of staying at home are:

  • When the weather warms up, use fans to keep cool instead of turning up the AC.
  • Open curtains on north- and east- facing windows during the day to take advantage of natural light. To keep the heat out, close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.
  • Keep the refrigerator temperature about 36-38°F, and the freezer at 0-5°F.
  • Dust light fixtures/bulbs regularly. A heavy coat of dust can block up to 50% of the light output.
  • Clean the lint screen on the dryer every time you use the machine. A clogged lint screen can make your dryer use up to 30% more energy – and it can be a fire hazard.
  • Replace an incandescent outdoor light or high-intensity floodlight with an LED bulb.
  • Install a water-saving showerhead. Don’t worry – it won’t reduce your water pressure. A family of four, each taking a five-minute shower a day, can save $250 a year in water heating costs by switching to an energy-efficient showerhead.

Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. Making even a few small changes around your home can potentially result in big savings. Pick a few ideas every month and work them into your daily routine. With just a few minutes a month, and you’ll notice a difference – and make a difference! Go to ElectricIdeas.com/Home to find more rebates, discounts and ways to save.

FAQ

What are the rules & qualifications?

  • Must be an I&M Michigan customer who is low income, moderate income (ALICE) or impacted by COVID-19.
  • Kit is limited to one per I&M Michigan family.
  • The kit will be mailed to the mailing address on your I&M account. If you have an out-of-state address (not Michigan), the kit will be shipped to your service address.

Are quantities limited?

Yes, qualities are limited to 750 kits. Orders will be filled first-come-first-serve. Requests with incomplete or inaccurate information will be rejected.

How do I set up the Advanced Smart Strip?

The video tutorial or the spec sheet  have installation instructions.

Where will the kit be mailed?

The kit will be sent to the mailing address on your I&M account. If you have an out-of-state address (not Michigan), the kit will be shipped to your service address. If you have a PO Box or forwarding request at USPS, you may be charged USPS Forwarding fees.

Can the kit be mailed to my lake cabin?

The kit will be sent to the mailing address on your I&M account. If you have an out-of-state address (not Michigan), the kit will be shipped to your service address. If you have a PO Box or forwarding request at USPS, you may be charged USPS Forwarding fees.

What is the status of my kit?

Your kit will arrive in 4-6 weeks. If you are qualified to get a kit, you will receive an email confirmation when your kit ships. Check your SPAM folder for an email from Indiana Michigan Power.

If you still need help, email us.

My kit was damaged in the mail. Can I get a new one?

This is a pilot program; we will not be able to replace lost or damaged kits.

* Indiana Michigan Power Company is pleased to be able to offer you these items for your use and convenience. Please note that the masks are washable and reusable (we recommend washing before first use). These masks are not replacements for medical grade protective equipment. If you need that type of equipment, please consult a healthcare professional.

Always remember that using a mask does not replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow CDC and state and local guidance, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your face.