Consumers Energy Working with Michigan International Speedway and Race Fans to Reduce Energy Usage

Consumers Energy Working with Michigan International Speedway and Race Fans to                              Reduce Energy Usage  Sponsorship starts with this weekend's Quicken Loans 400  PR Newswire  JACKSON, Mich., June 13, 2014  JACKSON, Mich., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is sponsoring Michigan International Speedway, helping race fans – and Michigan's premier racetrack – to save energy. That begins with this weekend's Quicken Loans 400.  "We're thrilled to be part of this race weekend and to provide useful information about energy efficiency to tens of thousands of people at MIS," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation. "We've helped Michigan residents and businesses save $575 million through our energy efficiency efforts since 2009, and know they can do much more long after the checkered flag is waved on Sunday."  Consumers Energy is working to help Michigan International Speedway reduce its energy usage to save money and to build on the racetrack's commitment to sustainability.  Consumers Energy will be sponsoring the racetrack this weekend and through the Pure Michigan 400 in August, and expects to provide updates on Michigan International Speedway's energy-saving accomplishments before the August race.  "We are committed to providing a world-class race experience, to fueling Michigan's economy and to doing all we can for the good of the environment," said Roger Curtis, Michigan International Speedway president. "We want our fans to come away thrilled with the race experience and the energy savings that they can experience in their home or business."  Consumers Energy is reaching out to race fans all weekend, providing energy-saving tips, including a direct outreach to the thousands who are camping around the racetrack.  The energy provider is providing these five tips to save energy to people traveling out of town to Michigan International Speedway – or to any destination on vacation:    oWater heater – If you have a tank unit, your water heater will continue     heating water while you are away. Adjust the temperature setting as low as     possible.   oRefrigerator – If you are leaving for a short period, conserve energy by     adjusting the thermostat on your refrigerator and freezer to higher     settings – 38 degrees for the refrigerator and 5 degrees for the freezer.   oAir conditioner – There is no need to cool an empty house. Turn off your     air conditioner or set the thermostat to 85 degrees or higher.   oLights – Install timers on indoor and outdoor lights, and set them to turn     the lights on for a few hours each night.   oElectronics – Digital displays and instant-on features continue to use     energy whether you are home or not. Unplug all electronic devices before     you leave.  Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  Media toolkit SAVE ENERGY: Learn to manage your energy usage and get all your energy questions answered: MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Learn more about MIS:  For more information about Consumers Energy, go to, join us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter  SOURCE Consumers Energy  Website: Contact: Consumers Energy: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395, Michigan International Speedway: Brad Kuhbander, 517-592-1204  
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