Program Gives Head Start on Energy Efficiency

We recently announced that we are teaming up with local Head Start programs in Jackson, Kalamazoo and Ingham counties to offer energy efficiency education and assistance to students and their families. As part of this effort, we will work with Head Start staff members to develop a curriculum for preschool students along with classroom materials.

The “Head Start Energy Education” program will offer classroom sessions with hands-on activities designed to make children aware of using energy wisely at a young age. Families of the Head Start students also are encouraged to take advantage of Consumers Energy’s “Helping Neighbors” program. This program provides low income households a home energy survey performed by a professional technician and energy-saving products installed at no charge.

“Introducing energy efficiency at an early age can have a lifelong impact as these children grow into adulthood,” said Lisa Benavides, a participating teacher at the Grand River Head Start in Ingham County. “Because the ‘Helping Neighbors’ program is designed to help low income families save energy, we’re reaching Michigan residents who will potentially see the greatest impact on their household budgets, and that may help benefit whole communities. This has been a very good addition to our Head Start program.”

Head Start programs taking part in the pilot:

  • Jackson County – Torrant Head Start, Northeast School Head Start, Springport Head Start and Hanover Horton Head Start
  • Ingham County – Pine Street School Head Start and the Grand River School Head Start
  • Kalamazoo County – Lake Street Head Start.

All low income customers of Consumers Energy are eligible for the free “Helping Neighbors” home energy survey. More information is available at (877) 448-9433.