Energy Efficiency Resources and Incentives

How much energy do we use in the United States?

We all know the U.S. consumes a massive amount of energy but it's hard to wrap your head around the numbers. How much do we rely on oil? Do renewable resources make up a significant portion of our energy use? In the two-minute video above, Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic's senior technology editor, walks through the key energy sources we depend on, from coal to wind and beyond.

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Muskegon County Winners

2014 Public Buildings Category - FIRST PLACE
Muskegon Area Transit Authority, Louis A. McMurray Conference Center: Down 9%

2015 Public Buildings Category - FIRST PLACE
Muskegon Area Transit Authority, Louis A. McMurray Conference Center: Down 10.4%

2015 Healthcare Category - FIRST PLACE
HealthWest Mental Health Center: Down 4.42%

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial, industrial & multi-family buildings.

The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. There is no cost to enter the competition. Registration period runs January 1 through March 31 each year.



U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is Washington, D.C. based, 501(c)(3) organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. To learn more about USGBC’s building standards and outcomes, click below.

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Energy Efficient Mortgages

Can help you finance efficiency upgrades for your current home or a home you plan to buy. Making your house more energy efficient isn’t just about helping the environment and saving money. Energy efficient homes are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, cost less to maintain, have lower monthly utilities costs, and are generally more comfortable to live in. Talk to your lender, and/or visit these websites.

Michigan Saves

Is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable. They offer a Home Energy Loan Program to help homeowners finance the cost of energy efficiency improvements. Additional financing programs for commercial, institutional, and renewable energy projects are in development.


DTE Energy

Offers residential and business utility customers a multitude of energy saving resources from a Commercial & Industrial Energy Optimization Program for business customers and energy audits and rebate programs for residential customers.

Consumers Energy

Customers can also take advantage of energy saving rebates and incentives, available to both homeowners and businesses.