MPSC: Michigan's Energy Efficiency Programs Now Bigger and Better for Utility Customers

Contact: Judy Palnau (517) 241-3323

April 22, 2011


The Michigan Public Service Commission today reminded utility customers that Michigan utilities now offer bigger and better energy efficiency programs to help them reduce their energy usage.


"Energy efficiency is more than just using compact fluorescent light bulbs," said MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu.  "Utility customers now have available to them bigger and better energy efficiency programs because utilities have given customers new and expanded options.  From ENERGY STAR appliance rebates, to heating and cooling options, to home weatherization, customers can take advantage of programs to cut energy usage.  Low-income customers also have programs available to them."


While energy efficiency programs have been available to utility customers for several years, Michigan's two largest utilities - Consumers Energy and DTE Energy -- have expanded their energy efficiency programs.  Other companies also have added options.  


On the MPSC's energy efficiency website, utility customers can find out what is available to them.  Also featured there is information on the Michigan Saves home energy loan program, now available statewide.


Each utility's energy efficiency program is different, so customers are encouraged to check periodically with their utility on what is currently available.


The goal of Michigan's energy efficiency programs is to delay the need for new electric generation.  Conservatively speaking, every dollar spent on a utility's energy efficiency program yields $3 in savings. 


Michigan residents are encouraged to take the ENERGY STAR pledge on the "Change the World" website:  There, people have the opportunity to pledge to switch to energy efficient lighting, make improvements to their heating and cooling systems, weatherize their homes, and purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products.  Pledgers should select "State of Michigan" as the organization that referred them.


The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.


# # #