Efficiency United (Gas) - Residential Efficiency Program (Michigan)
Last modified on January 31, 2011.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Efficiency United (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs|
|Incentive Type||Utility Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential|
|Active Incentive|| Yes
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Energy Efficiency Assistance Program: Free weatherization products and services
Energy Savings Kit: Free Comprehensive Energy Audit: 150 or 300 Hot Water Pipe Wrap: 4/five feet Energy Star Clothes Washer: 50 Natural Gas Furnace: 200 Natural Gas Water Heater: 35 Set-Back Thermostat: 20 Natural Gas Boiler: 200 Windows: 12.50/window Air Sealing: 50 Wall Insulation: 225 Ceiling Insulation: 125 Crawl Space Insulation: 50
|Equipment Requirements|| Natural Gas Water Heater: EF .62 or higher
Pipe Wrap: R-4, Insulating hot water pipes Faucet Aerator: 1.5 GPM or less Shower Head: 2 per address Energy Star Clothes Washer: CEE Tier 2 or 3 only Furnace: AFUE of 92% or higher Set-Back Thermostat: Energy Star rated Natural Gas Boiler: AFUE of 87% or greater Appliances: ENERGY STAR
|Installation Requirements|| All major equipment must be installed by a licensed contractor
|Maximum Incentive|| Water Heaters/Clothes Washers: 1 per address
Pipe Wrap: Limit of 10 linear ft. Faucet Aerators: 3 per address Weatherization Measures: 50% of the measure cost to the customer Home Performance Program Energy Efficient Gas Measures: 2,750
|Program Administrator||CLEAResult Consulting|
|Contact Name|| CLEAResult Consulting
|Address||3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600|
|Phone 2||(517) 974-7050|
|Contact Name|| Efficiency United
|Address||1219 Turner Street|
|Phone|| (877) 367-3191
Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) offer rebates, assistance and other incentives through the Efficiency United program, which is a partnership between 11 Michigan utilities: Alpena Power Co Bayfield Electric Coop, Inc Cloverland Electric Co-op Village of Daggett Indiana Michigan Power Co Michigan Gas Utilities Semco Energy Upper Peninsula Power Co WE Energies Wisconsin Public Service Corp XCEL Energy
The program is intended to provide assistance and incentives to customers who employ energy efficient measures. Applications are available for each utility from the website above. Energy Star Appliance and HVAC Programs offer rebates on natural gas water heaters, clothes washers, pipe wrap, faucet aerators and efficient shower heads, energy efficient water heaters, furnaces, boilers, and thermostats. Incentives will be provided to the home owner and based on fulfilling energy efficiency standards.
The Energy Efficiency Assistance Program provides weatherization products and services to residential customers in need. Low income residential customers can receive assistance through utility programs, which partner with federal weatherization programs (WAP) and local Community Action Agencies. The program qualifications are based upon the federal income guidelines published by the US Department of Energy weatherization program (applicants must meet the household income levels established, which are currently 200% of poverty level or below). The following energy efficiency products and installation services may be available through approved weatherization agencies and subcontractors: compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, refrigerator replacement (eligibility based upon on-site testing results), and energy conservation and weatherization suggestions for saving energy. Use the Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) website to find information about local agencies.
The Energy Optimization and Efficiency United programs also offer Energy Depot, a set of online tools and resources to help manage home energy use and costs. Energy Depot is a free resource used to learn how to reduce energy use and how much money can be saved. Through a do-it-yourself home energy audit, homeowners can quickly estimate the annual energy use and cost of home energy systems and appliances.
These programs were authorized by the Michigan Public Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act (PA295), passed in October 2008 to promote development of renewable energy and energy efficiency, diversify resources, provide improved air quality, and reduce the future costs of provider service. Energy optimization plans have been designed to delay the need for constructing new electric generating facilities by offering incentive and educational programs for all consumers. This legislation also includes a goal for Michigan to reduce state government grid-based energy purchases by 25% by 2015 and net metering, which provides credits for consumer generated renewable energy.