DTE Energy Launches Energy Efficiency Programs to Help Customers Save Energy and Money


DETROIT, June 29, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — DTE Energy today launched a comprehensive program to help its customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses. The program, called Your Energy Savings, will show DTE Energy customers throughout Michigan how to save money by using less energy.

“The best way to save money on energy is to use it wisely,” said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy President and COO. “This initiative will provide our customers with the tools they need to take control of their energy use. We believe this program will have tremendous benefits for our customers and have a positive impact on Michigan’s economy and environment.”

Your Energy Savings was among several initiatives that will be discussed today at a news conference prior to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s kickoff of an energy efficiency collaborative in Lansing.

Comprehensive energy legislation passed in Michigan last year to assure clean, affordable energy for the future was the catalyst for the MPSC collaborative and DTE Energy’s efficiency programs. The collaborative will examine in detail the energy efficiency measures employed by all-electric and natural gas utilities and the energy savings that result.

DTE Energy’s Your Energy Savings will offer customers a wide array of energy efficiency programs. An appliance recycling program introduced earlier this month offers customers $50 rebates to recycle older model refrigerators and freezers, with DTE Energy picking up and disposing of them for free. Other programs rolling out in the weeks ahead include:

  • Onsite energy audits at customer homes with rebates of up to $1,500 for making recommended improvements;
  • Discounts on Energy Star (R) products, including clothes washers, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and compact fluorescent light bulbs ;
  • Discounts on purchases of energy-efficient  heating and cooling equipment;
  • Incentives for the construction of energy-efficient homes and buildings; and
  • Energy-efficiency assistance for low-income households.

DTE Energy also will introduce energy-efficiency programs designed specifically for apartment and condominium owners, as well as programs for its commercial and industrial customers.

“Moving forward, we hope to offer even more opportunities for our customers to save energy and save money through the Your Energy Savings program,” said Anderson.

Anderson said he expects the programs will help stimulate Michigan’s economy by creating jobs in energy consulting, heating and cooling services, lighting and other home improvement and construction businesses. Additionally, because energy costs are a major component in the cost of doing business, the programs have the potential to make the state more attractive for new businesses considering a location in Michigan.

Longer-term, the programs will help Michigan’s environment. By using less energy, carbon dioxide emitted in the production of electricity is reduced.

The company on June 30 will launch a new Web site, YourEnergySavings.com, where customers can find a wealth of information on energy efficiency as well as details on the new programs. The site features MyEnergy Analyzer, a powerful online tool that provides DTE Energy customers with customized recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.

Source: DTE Energy

CONTACT: Lorie Kessler, +1-313-235-8807,
or Eileen Dixon, +1-313-235-9154, both of DTE Energy

Web Site: http://www.dteenergy.com/

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