Sterling Heights homeowners save 60% on new furnace and A/C
These Sterling Heights homeowners were able to replace their 15-year-old furnace and air conditioner thanks to rebates and low-rate financing from BetterBuildings for Michigan.
Home Energy Savings
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.
They signed up for an appointment and had an energy adviser from Wellhome visit for a full home check up. Even after living in the same home for over 25 years, the check up still revealed a few things that Mr. and Mrs. Pitlock were not expecting.
“We were surprised to find out that there was a lot of air leakage around our brick fireplace,” said Fran. “Just getting the test with the infrared camera was worth the $50.”
“The incentives seemed like a good deal, but the 0% financing really put smiles on our faces. We didn’t have to pay anything today and there’s still a rebate check coming in the mail. It’s like we’re getting paid to do work on our house.” – Bob Pitlock, Sterling Heights
Some of the results of the check up were less surprising. For example, the Pitlocks’ furnace and air conditioner were 15 years old. “They were still working fine, but we knew we were living on borrowed time,” said Bob. Through the BetterBuildings for Michigan program, the Pitlocks were able to get rebates of $1,800 from their utility provider, Consumers Energy, which BetterBuildings for Michigan matched with an additional $1,800. After all the rebates, getting 0% APR financing from Michigan Saves made the investment seem not just easy, but practically a no-brainer. They didn’t even have to spend any money up front!
After their new furnace, air conditioner, air filters and insulation were installed, Mr. and Mrs. Pitlock are expected to save over $800 a year on their energy bills! After all the rebates, the improvements will pay for themselves in just 6 years.
The Pitlocks were part of a special program that was available to one Sterling Heights neighborhood, but thanks to their participation (along with almost a hundred other families), a similar program will be available to all Sterling Heights residents starting in April 2012.