Home Energy Savings

Hazel Park lights up John R Road with LEDs

Pedestrians and drivers on John R. Road in Hazel Park may notice new fixtures on street lights thanks to energy-saving LED lights the city has installed. These new LED street lights are more efficient than the previous lights, helping the city save energy and money while improving the aesthetics of the downtown area. The project Read more…

Model Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance

Residential solar

A model ordinance by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School for small-scale solar PV and solar thermal installations in urban environments. Includes a discussion of access, rights and zoning districts. To view the ordinance, click here.

Young homeowners get to know their historic home

Arica and Mike

Arika Lycan and Mike Fry wanted to stay in the city of Ypsilanti after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. They fell in love with a historic 1920s home in Normal Park, but in doing so they knew they took on the drafts that come with an older home.

Sterling Heights homeowners save 60% on new furnace and A/C


When Fran Pitlock saw an article in the paper about BetterBuildings for Michigan, it sounded like a good idea. She and her husband Bob have lived in the same home for 25 years and even though it is in good shape, she wanted to find out what the program had to offer.

PACE! What is it good for?


A lot actually. PACE (or the artist formerly known as Property Assessed Clean Energy) was passed by the Michigan legislature in 2010, and it could be a game changer for our state. For those of who have not heard about PACE,  Let me tell you a little story about how PACE works. Bob the building Read more…

Historic home gets an energy upgrade


Christina Guzman has been a resident of Detroit’s historic Hubbard Farms neighborhood for many years. She owns a duplex there, and her parents live on the other side of the house. “This was a wonderful opportunity to make my home more energy efficient. The BetterBuildings for Michigan team was friendly, polite and very efficient, and Read more…

Rebates from DTE Energy

DTE Energy electric and gas customers are eligible for several rebates that can total up to $1,350. Examples are listed below. Rebate rates vary depending on whether customers have DTE Energy electric, DTE Energy gas or both. DTE Energy also offers comprehensive energy audits for $75-$125. Some examples of what is available: $50 – $500+ Read more…

The Efficient Windows Collaborative

Energy Efficient Windows

This site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.

Energy Savings for Kids!

WARM Training's Kids' Energy Savings

Kids can help save lots of energy, just by paying attention to a few energy-wasters around your home. Here are some simple tips from our friends at WARM Training Center.

Weatherization Assistance Program


The Weatherization Assistance Program has been around for decades, but many Michigan residents who qualify don’t realize it exists! If your household income is less than what is listed on the chart below, you may be eligible for a complete home energy upgrade – at no cost to you.