energy efficiency

How Southeast Michigan Can Lead Obama’s Clean Energy Economy

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In June 2013, President Obama announced his national Climate Action Plan, which calls on America to lead international efforts to combat a changing climate. In his December 2012 Energy and Environment Address, Governor Snyder spoke about the importance of “energy reliability” and why it’s important that our state has the ability to produce its own Read more…

Energy Efficiency and Bond Ratings: An Interview with Tony Lehmann

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The Regional Energy Office provides innovative financing solutions for cities to conduct energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. These projects are designed to save cities money on their energy bills every year, but we recently discovered that these investments were helping cities in other ways as well—energy investments can actually improve a city’s bond rating. Read more…

Two Cities go LED

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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…

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…

5 member communities honored in Michigan Green Communities Challenge

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We are pleased to announce that five SEMREO communities were honored for their participation in the Michigan Municipal League’s Green Communities Challenge this fall at the annual Michigan Green Communities Conference. They are: Lathrup Village Ypsilanti Ferndale Roseville Sterling Heights Our communities were honored due to a variety of efforts each has completed, including energy Read more…

Governor Snyder’s energy efficiency comments

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On November 27, Governor Snyder delivered his Special Message on Energy and the Environment, laying out the policy vision that will guide him through the next several years. True to form, our “Tough Nerd” Governor had a healthy mix of complex issues and policy provisions, but his comments on energy efficiency stood out most as Read more…

Time to tackle your winter heat bills!

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Imagine having a football-sized hole in your front door all winter long. You’d spend a fortune on heat, and your house would still be chilly! BetterBuildings for Michigan can help you tackle this problem—and your energy bills. Most Michigan residents spend $300 per year or more on energy that leaks out of their home. For Read more…

Does your house feel haunted? Time for an energy audit.

Photo of a house taken with an infrared camera on a cold day. The bright spots show where heat is escaping from the house.

Chilly drafts? Creaky windows? Flickering lights? Your house isn’t haunted, it just feels that way. Most people don’t realize that small repairs can make a big difference in how comfortable their home feels. If the chilly weather has you reaching for the blankets, it might be time for a home energy audit from BetterBuildings for Michigan. Read more…

Young homeowners get to know their historic home

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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.