Michigan Homes, Businesses Save $575 Million Through Consumers Energy's Energy Efficiency Programs

Michigan Homes, Businesses Save $575 Million Through Consumers Energy's Energy
                             Efficiency Programs

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan homes and businesses
have saved $575 million through 2013 by taking advantage of Consumers Energy's
energy efficiency programs, lowering their natural gas and electric bills, and
providing a boost to the state's economic recovery.

"Michigan residents are using our energy efficiency programs to manage their
bills. It's a powerful tool to free up money for household budgets, especially
during a cold winter like this one," said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy's
vice president of customer operations and quality.

"Put the $575 million in energy efficiency savings in perspective: This is
enough to power 450,000 homes with electricity and heat 180,000 homes with
natural gas for a year. Just as valuable, energy efficiency provides homes and
businesses with savings that continue year after year."

Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs were launched in 2009. People
can receive rebates in more than 200 ways, from efficient lighting to HVAC
tune-ups, with savings typically lasting 10 years beyond the equipment's
installation.

Rochow noted the appliance recycling program is having a positive impact on
environmental sustainability and job creation. More than 80,000 refrigerators
and freezers have been recycled, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions equal to
the operation of 150,000 cars per year.

A look at some of Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs in 2013:

  oPeople bought more than 3 million energy-efficient light bulbs from 404
    retail stores in Michigan.
  oMore than 29,000 appliances were recycled. In September, Consumers Energy
    recycled its 75,000^th refrigerator since the recycling program began.
  oConsumers Energy paid $1.86 million in rebates to homeowners who upgraded
    to more energy-efficient insulation and windows.
  oAnalysts performed 14,000 Home Energy Analyses, installing more than
    300,000 energy-saving measures and giving people tools to manage their
    energy bills.

Energy efficiency also creates Michigan jobs, primarily through trade allies.
Consumers Energy works with 2,100 Michigan-based energy efficiency contractors
that provide customers with information about energy efficiency rebates and
equipment. The trade allies have primary businesses in heating, ventilation
and air conditioning, windows, insulation, appliances, lighting, builders and
as architects.

"We are a Michigan-based company that wants Michigan to succeed. Energy
efficiency not only has a strong positive impact on homes and businesses, but
it also puts residents to work as part of our commitment to Pure Michigan
Business Connect," Rochow said.

For people looking for low and no-cost ways to save, Consumers Energy's free
monthly Energy Solutions email newsletter provides tips, tricks of the trade
and updates on the newest and best in the world of energy efficiency. Sign up
for the newsletter at www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit us at
www.ConsumersEnergy.com, or join us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan.

Media toolkit

LEARN MORE: How Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs help Michigan
homes and businesses manage energy usage: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/save.

HELPING SCHOOLS: Midland school district receives $126,000 energy efficiency
rebate: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/News.aspx?id=6969&year=2014

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR THOSE IN NEED: People who sign up for Consumers Energy's
CARE program through February will receive energy efficiency upgrades. Learn
more: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/assistance.

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
 
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