A quick tip on how to cut down on your electric bill; just use DTE Energy for your electrical needs. As often as we seem to lose power it's a sure fire way to trim your bill.
The power went out early Sunday morning around 2:00 am on what would be one of the hottest days of the year and didn't come back on until after 4:00 in the afternoon. but then went back off three hours later to finally come back on again about 1:00 this afternoon. In all the places we've lived and even growing up I don't ever remember losing power as many times as we have since moving to Michigan.
We bought a used generator a few years ago but don't have it hooked to the main circuit but instead just run a few cords to the refrigerator and to power a few lights. Practically everyone in the neighborhood has generators now. But after this recent outage I'm considering one of those units that runs on natural gas and automatically comes on in the event of a power failure.