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City of Kalamazoo partners with Consumers Energy to help customers lower energy bills

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 12:33:58-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The City of Kalamazoo is partnering with Consumers Energy to encourage utility customers to take advantage of the Free Home Energy Analysis Program, according to a news release Friday.

Through the program, qualified Consumers Energy customers can reduce their monthly energy costs, as well as receive up to $50 worth of water- and energy-saving products for free.

Customers who request the analysis will have a trained analyst do a 90-minute walkthrough, during which they’ll identify ways the customer’s home can be made more energy efficient.

With the customer’s approval, upgrades will be installed that can save up to $150 per year in energy and utility costs.

Potential upgrades include LED light bulbs, kitchen and faucet aerators, high efficiency showerheads, water heater pipe wrap, LED nightlights and programmable thermostats.

In addition, the City of Kalamazoo is adding water-saving tools to the incentive like dye kits to check toilets for potential leaks as well as other opportunities for those that are not eligible to participate in the Consumers Energy program. Once complete, the customer will receive a summary report with additional recommendations on how to improve the home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

“Energy efficiency saves our customers money and makes our community more sustainable,” said James Baker, director of public services for the City of Kalamazoo. “We’re grateful to Consumers Energy for including water efficiency upgrades as part of this program. I encourage all of our utility customers to take advantage of this free program to upgrade your home and help reduce your bills.”