Free Energy Efficiency Outreach to 180-plus Michigan Civic Organizations

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Energy-efficient lighting was installed at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Lansing.

Veterans organizations, homeless shelters, food banks and other nonprofit groups throughout Michigan are benefitting from the Consumers Energy initiative to replace lighting, thermostats and more with money-saving, energy-efficient products.

Our affiliates have performed free energy-efficiency assessments for more than 180 organizations from Mackinac City to Adrian over the last two months.

This year, 159 nonprofit organizations have received more than $320,000 through free installations or financial assistance that will lower their energy expenses. These organizations will save more than $275,000 annually on their energy bills through this holiday season and beyond.

The initiative aims to provide energy efficiency upgrades at a time of year when nonprofit organizations are focused on providing help to Michigan residents. They have been receiving free LED lights, programmable thermostats and more. Work has been performed for multiple organizations in Flint, Muskegon, Lansing and other communities.

“We expect to be spending a quarter of what we have been spending previously. So, that’s a substantial amount of savings for us,” said Lynn Patterson, state quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lansing, where workers installed LED lighting last week.

We also offer a variety of energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses. Those include more than 250 incentives and rebates. Our Michigan customers are expected to save more than $200 million this year through energy efficiency improvements. Learn more about our energy efficiency programs at

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