Every month when they open their utility bills, businesses and residents throughout Houghton County get a reminder of the region’s high energy costs. We’re working with utilities and other groups to boost ongoing energy conservation efforts. Here are several free and low-cost resources to help area businesses cut their energy bills—and maybe win the county a multi-million-dollar prize.
New Power Tour, Inc., is a Keweenaw-based 501c3 that has been delivering winterizations to the area since 2008.
They are organizing the boots-on-the-ground winterizations for Houghton County residents. For more information click here.
Efficiency United partners with local utilities to provide energy efficiency rebates and programs to help residents and businesses reduce their energy use and costs.
Efficiency United offers services to customers of UPPCO and SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company. The first thing you do when you arrive on their landing page is to select UPPCO and SEMCO in turn, to find out what they are offering specifically to our region’s utility customers. For more information click here.
For multi-family property owners, Michigan Energy Options offers a one-stop energy efficiency program and offers assistance with:
- building assessment and expert advice (available at no cost for many buildings)
- Financial guidance and assistance identifying rebates and other incentives
- Construction oversight
- Annual savings reports
For businesses, Michigan Energy Options provides energy efficiency assessments. All of their energy assessments provide your business with tools which include:
- A report that identifies opportunities (including potential health and safety liabilities) and solutions
- Estimates of return on investment for improvements and possible financial incentives
- A benchmark of your building performance
With Michigan Saves financing, you can power your business with less energy. Upgrading costly refrigeration units or HVAC systems, replacing old light fixtures, or even adding insulation to your commercial space can help you save.
As a nonprofit dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable, Michigan Saves has negotiated hassle-free, fast financing up to $250,000 as low as 5.9% for up to 5 years. For more information click here.