Year: 2017

Beer and Wings party

Michigan Saves’ Beer and Wings Contest Grows Exponentially

The expression “the third time’s a charm” certainly proved true for Michigan Saves’ unique incentive program, which rewards contractors who complete 24 or more loans in the last six months of a given year with parties to enjoy cold beer and spicy wings. In 2016 — the third year of the Beer and Wings contest — the number of winners doubled.

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Mary Templeton, Todd Parker, and another take a selfie at The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's Inspiring Efficiency Awards

And the Award Goes to . . . Michigan Saves!

If Oscars were given out for energy waste reduction, Michigan Saves would play the role of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — working diligently behind the scenes to identify energy champions and reward them for their extraordinary efforts. In January, however, the organization was forced out of its comfortable backstage reality and into the spotlight when it was given an Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

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Thom Phillips

Meet the Board: Thom Phillips Explains How the Michigan Saves and Habitat for Humanity Missions Align

Although facts and figures tell the story of Michigan Saves’ extensive efforts to improve energy efficiency in the state, we couldn’t do what we do without the talented and dedicated people who lead the organization. To that end, we’d like to introduce you – our readers – to the Michigan Saves board members. This time, Smart Energy features Thom Phillips, a sustainable-building specialist with Habitat for Humanity.

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The team of contractors at Oscar W. Larson Co.

Working with Michigan Saves Is Still Smart and Affordable, but Now It’s Even Easier!

What do self-parking cars, smart phones and luggage with wheels have in common? They are all things that make our lives easier. And, while Michigan Saves isn’t revolutionizing energy efficiency in quite the same way these inventions have transformed transit, communication and travel, it’s always looking for new ways to simplify the energy improvement financing process, especially for contractors.

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Mary Templeton, executive director

A Message from Mary Templeton

Welcome to our annual year in review. With 2016 behind us, we take this time to reflect on our accomplishments, thank our partners and supporters and set our sights on new horizons. It’s always a contemplative time for the Michigan Saves team. As I enter my fourth year as executive director, I can’t help but be inspired by how far this organization has come and how much we’ve been able to achieve with your help.

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By the Numbers

Ever wonder how much energy and money Michigan Saves’ programs are actually saving? The 2016 numbers are in, and the results are impressive!

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Hand holding small home with green roof and plant

Michigan Saves Expands Its Residential Toolbox in 2016 to Reach More Homeowners

A toolbox. To most of us it’s just a case for toting hammers and nails — whatever tools we need to repair our homes, offices or cars. To Michigan Saves, however, it’s a term used frequently to describe the exceptional collection of initiatives, incentives and financing options the organization has put together to help homeowners make easy and affordable energy-efficiency upgrades.

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