Thirteen Michigan Non-Profit Agencies Saving Energy and Money Through Consumers Energy's Program

Oct 18, 2010, 06:30 ET from Consumers Energy

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thirteen non-profit agencies throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula are "powered up" as a result of receiving $116,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Consumers Energy.  The incentives were used for 29 energy efficiency projects involving 27 facilities in 19 cities.

Agencies receiving incentives included Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, United Way agencies, YMCA organizations, the Flint Housing Commission, World Mission and several food banks.  [Note to editors:  A list of the facilities receiving energy efficiency projects follows this news release].

By having highly-efficient lighting installed, the agencies will save a combined total of more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours annually.  That's resulted in an estimated 26 percent reduction in their electric usage, as well as savings on their power bill.

"Our energy efficiency program is focused on helping customers get greater value for their energy dollar," said Terry Mierzwa, Consumers Energy's executive manager of marketing, energy efficiency and research. "We're pleased that energy efficiency savings will help these non-profit agencies conserve precious dollars."

Energy efficiency projects for the agencies primarily included modifications of site-wide lighting systems by adding light bulbs that require less electricity.  Other projects included optimizing heating systems through boiler tune-ups and thermostat upgrades.

In one example, the Jackson Salvation Army will experience an estimated savings each year of $3,400, as a result of energy efficiency incentives from Consumers Energy, according to John L. Mallett, Major Corps Officer of The Salvation Army in Jackson.  

"This will conserve valuable funds so that we are able to better meet the needs of families in Jackson County," said Major Mallett.  "The total cost of our site-wide lighting project was $14,000.  We received a $4,300 rebate check from Consumers Energy.  This is very significant and we appreciate the assistance we received from this program."

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at www.consumersenergy.com

Non-profit agencies receiving energy efficiency incentives from Consumers Energy


Organization Name

Service City

CHERRY STREET HEALTH SERVICES

GRAND RAPIDS

FLINT HOUSING COMMISSION

FLINT

Goodwill Industries

CALEDONIA

Goodwill Industries

COMSTOCK PARK

Goodwill Industries

GRAND RAPIDS

Goodwill Industries

GRANDVILLE

Goodwill Industries

IONIA

Goodwill Industries

JENISON

Goodwill Industries

KALAMAZOO

Goodwill Industries

WYOMING

Habitat for Humanity

MIDLAND

Habitat for Humanity

GREENVILLE

Habitat for Humanity

GRAND RAPIDS

Michigan Food Bank

COMSTOCK PARK

Michigan Food Bank

BATTLE CREEK

Noah Project

MUSKEGON

North End Soup Kitchen

FLINT

Northwest MI Community Action Agency

LAKE CITY

Salvation Army

JACKSON

Salvation Army

GRAND RAPIDS

St. Vincent Home for Children

SAGINAW

UNITED WAY

ALMA

UNITED WAY

JACKSON

World Mission

GRAND RAPIDS

YMCA

KALAMAZOO

YMCA

PORTAGE

YMCA

JACKSON




SOURCE Consumers Energy



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