Detroit Saved Cash And Energy In 2010

DTE Energy of Detroit launched a series of programs in June of 2009 aimed at helping customers save money by saving energy. Now the utility reports that customers who participated in these programs saved $31 million last year, and can expect the steps they took to result in lifetime savings of $520 million.

DTE’s Your Energy Savings programs include appliance recycling, in-home energy audits, low-income weatherization assistance, and rebates and discounts on energy efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats, clothes washers and more.

Home Weatherization

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As a result of these programs in 2010, nearly 23,000 old, inefficient refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers were picked up and recycled; over 3 million CFLs were purchased by customers at prices steeply discounted by DTE; nearly 38,000 apartments and other multifamily housing units were outfitted with energy-saving measures like CFL bulbs and low-flow water fixtures; 2,500 low-income homes were weatherized; over 15,000 customers signed up for in-home energy consultations and audits to learn how to make their homes more energy efficient; customers submitted more than 2,700 applications for investments made in energy efficient equipment and upgrades for their business facilities; and DTE Energy installed more than 1,100 programmable thermostats, free-of-charge, for local businesses.

“Customer response to our energy efficiency programs has been extraordinary, far exceeding our expectations,” said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy president and CEO, in a statement.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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