Customers are getting a big bang for their buck when they participate in energy efficiency programs with Consumers Energy. But saving energy and money is just one of the benefits. They’re also helping create more jobs and a sustainable environment.
Since energy efficiency programs were launched by Consumers Energy in 2009, participating residential and business customers have saved $365 million. Savings from the electric program could power 142,000 Michigan homes for a year, while about 60,000 homes could be heated annually through natural gas program savings. Customers are saving hundreds of dollars alone with instant savings on compact fluorescent light bulbs at Michigan retailers.
“The savings are real. The benefits are broad, measurable and sustainable. And hundreds of Michiganders are working because of energy efficiency programs driven by Michigan’s enlightened energy reform law,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience and operations.
The state’s 2008 energy reform law spurred on the company’s energy optimization efforts. Through the company’s energy efficiency trade ally network, about 900 jobs have been created, helping Consumers Energy contribute to the state’s economy.
And the programs are also creating a greener Michigan. The amount of old, working refrigerators and freezers recycled through the company’s appliance recycling program since 2009 have helped avoid carbon dioxide emissions equal to the operation of 134,000 cars per year. If placed end-to-end, the 67,000 appliances would stretch from Jackson to Kalamazoo, about 70 miles.
In 2013, more than 106,000 residential customers participated in at least one energy efficiency program, along with more than 29,000 business customers.
Find a rebate or program that fits your home or business at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/eeprograms.