A federally funded program aimed at reducing energy bills for homeowners and renters is being offered to more than 4,000 residents in Metro Detroit, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office said Wednesday.
The BetterBuildings for Michigan program will provide residents in Detroit, Ferndale, Lathrup Village, Southgate, Sterling Heights, Roseville and Ypsilanti with information and incentives to reduce energy use with the goal of helping households reduce their energy usage by at least 15 percent by the end of the year, the office said in a statement.
The program includes a reduced-cost home energy assessment by an analyst who will provide a personalized report and recommend home repairs that save energy.
Participants can also get incentives and financing to help make whatever energy-saving home improvements they choose.
The incentives can include matching the rebates already offered by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, or providing reduced-rate financing for large projects.
“Most people don’t realize how much money they’re losing on their energy bills,” said Jacob Corvidae, director of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office and a key partner in the program’s design, in a statement.
BetterBuildings for Michigan was funded by a 3-year, $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
All residents of the selected cities may participate, including those who live in rental properties — if they have the landlord’s permission.
The program is not available to apartment buildings or homes without current gas or electric service.
In addition, Detroit residents who qualify for food assistance may also be eligible for a reduced cost program that helps lower energy bills.
For more information, call (313) 566-4801 or go to www.regionalenergyoffice.com.
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Source: Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office