Customer Stories

Our customers’ energy journeys make up the fabric of our story. Read the stories of real people who’ve found success with Michigan Saves.

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Donckers and the Delft Bistro – a restaurant, soda fountain, sweet shop combo – has prioritized eco-conscious operations with help from Michigan Saves, the nation’s first nonprofit green bank.

Donckers and the Delft Bistro

Donckers and the Delft Bistro – a restaurant, soda fountain, sweet shop combo – has prioritized eco-conscious operations with help from Michigan Saves, the nation’s first nonprofit green bank.

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EcoWorks wants to be an example in their community on how to solve climate change through the fundamental principles of energy efficiency and sustainability.

EcoWorks

EcoWorks wants to be an example in their community on how to solve climate change through the fundamental principles of energy efficiency and sustainability.

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After losing funding during the pandemic, Michigan Saves joined the project to help finance sustainable equipment and features, including 11 solar panels and custom water and light fixtures throughout the restaurant.

Detroit Pizza Bar

After losing funding during the pandemic, Michigan Saves joined the project to help finance sustainable equipment and features, including 11 solar panels and custom water and light fixtures throughout the restaurant.

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Two people smile at the camera while standing side-by-side on the snow-covered yard in front of their home.
Two people smile at the camera while standing side-by-side on the snow-covered yard in front of their home.

Zack Waas Smith and Claire McKenna

Ypsilanti homeowners Zack and Claire made their home more comfortable and energy efficient by electrifying their whole house with the help of Michigan Saves.

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The Drury family standing next to solar panels
The Drury family standing next to solar panels

Chris and Marla Drury

When planning for their family’s future, Chris and Marla always look at the long-term investment. Solar power offered them the security they need now and down the road.

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Nick Schaefer, Fraser, Michigan's public works supervisor
Nick Schaefer, Fraser, Michigan's public works supervisor

City of Fraser

When the City of Fraser looked at their old and inefficient streetlights, they wanted better for their residents.

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Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

To accommodate their burgeoning numbers, the church’s leadership team decided to build a new edifice in the early 2000s. It was not long before they realized the lighting—one of the most essential components of many religious institutions—was inefficient and outdated.

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Leadership at the Dearborn Country Club
Leadership at the Dearborn Country Club

Dearborn Country Club

The Dearborn Country Club is a historic icon. “But just because it’s a gorgeous, old, historic building doesn’t mean it has to be wasteful. They’re not mutually exclusive,” said longtime member Linda Rex.

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The Ligman Family
The Ligman Family

Jeremy and Cynthia Ligman

The Ligman family’s home was extremely uncomfortable. “In the summertime, the upstairs was oppressive . . . ten degrees hotter than the main floor. In the winter, it was freezing, especially the kids’ rooms.

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The Peter's in their yard
The Peter's in their yard

Dave and Kathy Peters

Dave and Kathy Peters wondered why their floors were so cold in the winter and their air conditioner ran so often in the summer.

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Myron and Camilla Richardson with their family
Myron and Camilla Richardson with their family

Myron and Camilla Richardson

Myron and Camilla Richardson were impressed with the quality workmanship displayed by their contractor. After conducting a thorough home energy assessment, their contractor knew their home needed a modern, high-efficiency furnace paired with insulation and air sealing.

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The Scholten family in front of their house
The Scholten family in front of their house

Kelli and Michael Scholten

Kelli and Michael Scholten knew their Grand Rapids home needed some work. However, after replacing their wasteful furnace with a modern unit paired with insulation and sealing leaky spots, the house is much more comfortable.

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Brian and Sara Catlett on their front porch
Brian and Sara Catlett on their front porch

Brian and Sara Catlett

When Brian and Sara Catlett purchased their first home, they tackled several projects right away.“ One of the things we knew our home needed was better insulation. The upstairs was so much hotter than the first floor,” Brian explained.

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The McMullens family in their living room
The McMullens family in their living room

Laura and Steve McMullen

Laura and Steve McMullen knew they wanted new windows. With Michigan Saves, they were able to make their future wishes for home improvement a reality today.

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Woman with elbow resting on a counter

Amy Zane Store & Studio

Amy Zane owns a beautiful jewelry store and art gallery in Kalamazoo. One day, Amy was approached by a Webster Electric representative who showed her how much money she’d stop wasting by switching to energy efficient LED lighting.

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Woman standing behind the frontdesk of a hotel
Woman standing behind the frontdesk of a hotel

Baraga Lakeside Inn

At the Baraga Lakeside Inn, being green isn’t just about saving money or conserving the environment—it’s also about catering to a new kind of customer.

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man leaning against a grocery store aisle shelf
man leaning against a grocery store aisle shelf

Liberty Food Center

Sam and Naji Bahoura have owned Liberty Food Center, a grocery store in Detroit, for 27 years. With such a long record of success, you know Sam and Naji have kept a close eye on the bottom line.

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man leaning against refrigerator
man leaning against refrigerator

Meadow’s Fine Wine & Liquor

Jeff Abdelnour, owner of Meadows Fine Wine & Liquor in Farmington, was skeptical at first. When his contractor brought LED lights to his store and asked him to consider energy improvements, he didn’t want to listen.

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Man standing in front of a sporting goods store
Man standing in front of a sporting goods store

Playmakers

In greater Lansing, Playmakers is an institution. Since 1981, this fitness store has gone above and beyond selling great athletic shoes and active wear—it has helped an entire region of people reach their fitness goals and improve their health.

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Two women holding an energy efficient LED lightbulb
Two women holding an energy efficient LED lightbulb

French Quarter Apartments

Leslie Etterbeek wants the best for her tenants. A property manager for LR Management, Etterbeek oversees more than a dozen properties and treats each one like her own home. This dedication is what prompted Etterbeek to sign up for energy-efficiency financing through Michigan Saves.

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