Making Michigan Energy Efficient

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

From the low powered lights to the ventilation system...

"We use these things called energy recovery units that sit on the rooftops that help recycle the air rather than to reheat or re-cool," Jo Sinha of Peckham in Lansing says.

That plant is just about the most energy efficient building in Lansing aside from the GM Delta Township plant.

"Utility bills are a big part, and cost of being in business," Sinha tells us.

But not anymore. The Lansing Board of Water and Light has been working close with the plant to let the light in from the windows instead of the ceiling, and for good reason.

"Because in the long run they won't have to build more energy plants," Sinha explains.

Now BWL wants to make what's happening at Peckham more of a state wide thing-- saving energy and money at the same time.

"This is good for our customers and good for our economy in a time where our customers and our economy need it," Steve Kurmas of DTE Energy explains.

Here's how it works, most of the power companies in the area like DTE, Consumers, and BWL's residential customers will get a rebate for buying appliances that are environmentally friendly. The same goes for businesses.

Also-- they'll partnering with local business agencies to provide weatherization measures for low income customers.

"What will happen is, you'll see reduced use, which as a utility means we buy less power and usually when we buy the power it's more expensive than we can generate ourselves. So, customers receive money because of that," Russell explains.

Maybe not as big of a savings as Peckham.

"I think we're looking at close to a 20 to 30% savings," Sinha says.

But it will certainly be a lot cheaper than if the power companies had to build another energy plant.

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