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Looking back at 2017

Monday, February 5, 2018

It’s been a great year for the Consumers Energy New Home Construction program. By building 1,011 ENERGY STAR® certified homes this year, we saved:

  • 396K kWh of electricity
  • 16K Mcf of natural gas
  • The equivalent of 184 homes’ energy use for one year*

Market Leader Award
Thanks to our commitment to building ENERGY STAR certified homes, we were awarded the 2017 Certified Homes Market Leader Award. Compared to typical new homes, ENERGY STAR certified homes:

  • Use 15–30 percent less energy
  • Require less maintenance
  • Resell at a higher premium

2017 Governor’s Awards
One of our builder allies, Tom Tishler of Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, won the Best Residential Project award at the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards. By installing high-efficiency windows and appliances, LED lighting, and a state-of-the-art HVAC system in his Habitat home, Tishler was able to:

  • Lower the home’s average energy costs to less than $800 a year
  • Save an estimated $20,000 over the lifetime of the mortgage 

Most Efficient Homes Awards
We had yet another successful showing at the Excellence in Energy Efficiency (E3) awards. The ceremony—which honors contractors who support our energy efficiency programs—had four New Home Construction program winners. Midland County Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Investments Assets Management and Moline Builders were all recognized for saving the most electricity and natural gas of any contractor in the state.

Thanks for a successful 2017
With continued contributions like these, 2018 is sure to be another outstanding year for the program.

Interested in joining the program? We’re always looking to add qualified builders to our team. Visit our builders page to learn more about rebates, guidelines and how to get started.

*According to calculations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.