Consumers Energy recently replaced 77 furnaces and air conditioning units at no cost to residents at an Owosso apartment complex, helping income-qualified customers boost their energy savings and lower their cost.
As part of its Income-Qualified Program, Consumers Energy retrofitted the entire heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system of the Corlett Creek Apartments. The goal of this program was to provide savings on energy bills, and improved energy efficiency, for customers with limited budgets.
Corlett Creek Property Manager Martha ‘Mardie’ Hornus said the Income-Qualified program had a positive effect on residents.
“Through this amazing program our residents received state-of-the-art heating and cooling equipment – an improvement that would have taken years to accomplish without assistance from Consumers Energy,” said Hornus. Walter and Harriet Goodman, owners of the apartment complex, also noted the program was a resounding success and provided tenants “with a better quality of life.”
The Income-Qualified Program is a statewide initiative designed to benefit participants and property owners with energy savings and affordable costs. It is part of a larger portfolio of energy efficiency initiatives offered by Consumers Energy.
The program also provided upgrades to individual apartments, including installation of energy-efficient showerheads, faucet aerators, light bulbs and programmable thermostats. All items will help reduce energy, making the monthly bill more affordable and in turn saving money for residents, without the added expense of purchasing and installing these items on their own.
Greg Morgan, seven-year resident of Corlett Creek, recognized the benefits of the upgrades almost immediately after the installation. “I have just enjoyed my first month of a lower Consumers Energy bill due to the new furnace. It runs less but puts out way more heat.”
Along with new equipment and upgrades, Consumers Energy also supports energy education through an interactive event with property owners, managers and residents. During this event participants explore the benefits of energy efficiency and learn about the energy system replacements.
“Energy optimization, or working with customers to help them save energy and money, is part of Consumers Energy’s ongoing promise to our customers to provide them options that make natural gas and electric service more affordable,” said Chad Miller, senior programs manager for Consumers Energy.
For more information about the Consumers Energy Income-Qualified Program visit www.ConsumersHelpingNeighbors.com. To learn about other energy efficiency programs for homes, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome and for business, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/mybusiness.