New Energy Analysis Program Brings the Savings Home

Posted on April 23, 2012. Filed under: Energy Efficiency | Tags: , , , , , |

When you see a Consumers Energy energy-efficiency vehicle in your community, you’ll know that a neighbor is learning how to reduce energy use.

Here’s a great opportunity for you to save money and improve energy efficiency with our new Home Energy Analysis Program. If you are a Consumers Energy residential customer, this analysis can help you review of your home’s essential heating and cooling systems, as well as current energy use. 

As part of the home energy checkup, you also receive free installation of energy-saving upgrades worth an average of $50. These upgrades can help save money and reduce energy bills by delivering up to $150 in first-year savings. 

Upgrades include energy-efficient equipment such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, energy-efficient showerheads, water heater pipe wrap and LED nightlights.  Participating homeowners receive a custom report with recommendations for improving energy efficiency and can save even more with rebates from Consumers Energy.  

The Home Energy Analysis is available in many Michigan communities served by Consumers Energy, including Lansing, Jackson, Flint, the Great Lakes Bay Region (Saginaw, Bay City and Midland), Kalamazoo and metro Detroit, for a nominal fee of $25. The Home Energy Analysis is made possible by Michigan’s energy reform law which enables utilities to provide comprehensive energy efficiency programs to customers. The programs are creating hundreds of jobs statewide for energy efficiency contractors and sub-contractors.

“When you see a Consumers Energy energy-efficiency vehicle in your community, you’ll know that a neighbor is learning how to reduce energy use and starting to save money right away,” said Larry Earegood, energy efficiency program manager.  

More than 4,000 homeowners have participated in the initial phase of the program since last September. You can schedule a Home Energy Analysis appointment with our online scheduler or call 888-316-8014. Use the code “CEAPR” and the $25 fee will be waived.

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Spring Cleaning Can Boost Energy Efficiency

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Energy Efficiency | Tags: , , , |

With the arrival of spring, it’s a great time to consider adding energy efficiency to spring cleaning jobs. Here are some efficiency tasks you can promote through your local newsletter or cable access channel:

Switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFL)

CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard lightbulbs. For each incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL this Spring, you could save $4.00 in energy costs by the end of the year. There’s no need for any coupons or rebates because the savings are already marked down right at the store. You simply pick up your bulbs and save. Check the participating retailer list at consumersenergy.com for a store near you. In 2010, Consumers Energy customers received discounts on more than 1.2 million CFLs.

Replace your old refrigerator

If it’s more than 15 years old, your second fridge is using up to four times more energy than today’s refrigerators and could be costing you $150 a year in electricity. You can get rid of that energy wasting second refrigerator or freezer at no cost. Consumers Energy will pick it up for free, recycle it in an environmentally safe way and give you $30. Last year Consumers Energy customers recycled more than 11,000 refrigerators and freezers. Visit consumersenergy.com for more information.

Give your home an energy tune-up

For the ultimate Spring energy efficiency make over, check out the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. The Home Performance Survey for $50 is a simple first step toward improving efficiency and reducing your energy bills year-round. A Building Performance Institute Certified (BPI) contractor will come to your home and using the latest building science, analyze your home’s energy efficiency needs and install a simple energy efficiency kit with measures like CFL light bulbs and energy-efficient showerheads. The kit itself has about a $38 retail value, which means the savings start right away. Visit consumersenergy.com for more information.

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