JACKSON, Mich., Apr. 09 /CSRwire/ - Consumers Energy is being honored for the seventh time in eight years with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency programs that have saved Michigan homes and businesses over $2 billion.
“Energy efficiency is a critical part of Consumers Energy’s efforts to build a more sustainable energy future for Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “Reducing energy waste is good for people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity by saving money for household budgets, reducing carbon emissions and putting people to work.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hands out Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards to organizations that are leaders in reducing energy waste. The awards are the highest level of recognition from the EPA.
Consumers Energy started its current energy efficiency programs in 2009. A decade later, over 625,000 households and businesses have benefitted from programs that reward them for using less energy. Those include rebates on energy-saving appliances, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, smart thermostats, insulation and other home improvements.
A look at the company’s energy efficiency programs, by the numbers:
7 million – Tons of carbon dioxide reduced
25 million – ENERGY STAR®-certified bulbs that have been sold or distributed
7,000 -- Jobs added by companies doing energy efficiency-related work
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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