Consumers Energy and Contractors Improve Energy Efficiency for 10 Michigan Food Banks and Homeless Shelters

  Consumers Energy and Contractors Improve Energy Efficiency for 10 Michigan
                       Food Banks and Homeless Shelters

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 21, 2012

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy and several
mechanical contractors have made the holidays a little brighter for 10
Michigan-based food banks and homeless shelters.

As part of its Warm Hands and Hearts initiative, Consumers Energy identified
10 food banks and homeless shelters in Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, Flint,
Saginaw and Southfield and worked with local contractors to install new energy
efficient equipment in their facilities. 

The program provided energy efficiency equipment and labor worth more than
$290,000 to these organizations, helping them save more than $31,000 annually
on their natural gas costs. These savings equate to being able to purchase
150,000 pounds of food to make and serve an additional 125,000 meals every

"Winter months are difficult for local food banks, homeless shelters and their
clients. With cold weather arriving, clients require a hot meal just to help
them survive. Reducing utility costs means that more of the limited funds
available to these organizations can be used for food and shelter," said Fred
Alatalo, director for Consumers Energy's business energy efficiency operations
program, which coordinated the initiative. "We are grateful to have an
opportunity to provide them with new energy efficient equipment that will help
them for years to come."

Working with local contractors, Consumers Energy facilitated the installation
of new energy efficient boilers, high-efficiency furnaces, on-demand water
heaters and energy management systems along with other energy saving devices
in the organizations buildings. 

Local contractors supplied labor and materials at a reduced cost for this
initiative.Contractors participating included Hayes Mechanical (Saginaw),
Lauderbaugh Plumbing and Heating (Flint), Midwest Energy Group (Kalamazoo),
and Lyon Mechanical (New Hudson).

"We were delighted to receive the new water heater, furnace tune-ups,
thermostats and other upgrades," said Keith Krusky, executive director of the
Jackson Interfaith Shelter. "The cost savings will allow us to serve
approximately 5,000 prepared meals to the poor and needy of Jackson County."

"The furnace and radiant heat units that have been installed have made an
enormous difference on the environment in which we serve," said Rik Stone,
executive director of the Kalamazoo Dream Center. "We are not only able to
serve the needy from a more comfortable facility, but it gives us great
satisfaction to know that our energy dollars are being used wisely."

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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