2010 Energy Efficiency Incentives for Heating and Cooling Equipment are Coming to an End, But Potential Energy Savings Continue

Many in your community have taken advantage of our energy efficiency programs – so much so that the Heating, Cooling and Water Heating program for 2010 will be closing soon. Funding for electric measures, such as central air conditioning (AC) units, has been used up and applications no longer are being accepted as of June 30.

Applications for natural gas measures, such as furnaces, boilers and water heaters still are being accepted.  However, customer activity has been brisk and we expect those funds to be reserved for projects by the end of August or early September. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. We will continue to update this information on our website where we will also include updates on the new and expanded program for 2011, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2011.

Your residents may benefit with efficiency measures through the savings on their energy bill. Our website features a Home Analyzer Tool that helps analyze home energy use and offers tips on how to save. There’s also a page with tips and resources to help your residents reduce their energy bill and a page dedicated to helping control energy costs.

State of Michigan Closes Rebate Program

Last month the state of Michigan began offering rebates for natural gas furnaces and water heaters. As of August 31, 90% of the program funds have been reserved or used and new applications are no longer being accepted.  For more details, please visit Michigan Energy Options website at www.michrebate.com.

Your residents may still be able to take advantage of Federal and State tax credits available on qualifying appliances and equipment purchased in 2010. For more details, your residents can review our Frequently Asked Questions or visit our website at www.consumersenergy.com.