Energy Efficiency Driving Home Performance in Michigan

Garrick Rochow thanks Michigan home performance professionals for their commitment to energy efficiency.
Garrick Rochow thanks Michigan home performance professionals for their commitment to energy efficiency.

When it comes to saving energy and saving money, Michigan is well-positioned to grow business and improve customer satisfaction in the home performance industry.

That is the message about 1,000 participants received at the National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show in Detroit this week.

“Our energy efficiency programs have helped power Michigan’s economic revival, producing $575 million in savings for Michigan homes and businesses since 2009,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer operations and quality.

A big part of that success in Michigan is the support and commitment of a robust Consumers Energy network of contractors. This group delivers customer satisfaction on insulation and windows, heating and cooling and other energy efficiency home improvements. Learn more at

Van Jones, host of CNN’s “Crossfire” and former White House green jobs adviser, lauded the power of energy efficiency to create wide-reaching benefits across the economy and society through job growth and workforce development, environmental improvement and community resiliency. Jones went on to emphasize the need for collaboration across the energy efficiency industry in order to develop a stronger voice in the national policy stage.

Consumers Energy started its energy efficiency programs five years ago following a Michigan energy law that set targets for energy reduction. Today, company employees and contractors work with thousands of homeowners, businesses and schools each year to reduce energy use, saving dollars and protecting the environment.

“We know the most cost-efficient form of energy is the energy we don’t use,” Rochow said, “and we are pleased to host this conference as our Promise is to help Michigan save energy.”

Consumers Energy also recognized Michigan businesses for Excellence in Energy Efficiency. 2013 Award Winners:

Heating Ventilation and Cooling: Accu-Temp, Macomb; Bel-Aire Heating & Air Conditioning, Portage; Family Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Garden City; Ferrara Heating & Air Conditioning, Rochester Hills; Holland Heating & Cooling, Davison; Lakeside Service Company, Brighton; Michigan Delta Mechanical, Sterling Heights; Randazzo Mechanical, Macomb; Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling, Grandville

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®: Bel-Aire Heating & Air Conditioning, Portage; Blanket Insulation*, Southfield; Chelsea Lumber Company, Chelsea; Comfort First
Heating & Cooling, Lansing; Dr. Energy Saver – Lansing*, Lansing; Ecotelligent Homes LLC, Farmington Hills; Green Home Energy, West Bloomfield; Inspired Green*, Grand Ledge; Prominent Design & Build, Inc., Jackson; The Insulation Man Inc.*, Chesterfield; SIR Home Improvement*, Schoolcraft. * Denotes 2013 Century Club Award Winners

Insulation and Windows: Ace and Sons Insulation, Southgate; Church’s Insulation, Holly; MAG Insulation, Auburn; Majic Window, Wixom; Retrofoam of Michigan, Montrose; Spink Insulation, Jackson; Wallside Windows, Taylor