Typically, the letters DTE in southeast Michigan invoke thoughts of when your bill is due and how much you owe. DTE has been helping local Michigan businesses save energy and money since 2009. Recently, he helped Larry Buck turn his barbershop greener.
"They put new lighting in, exit signs, LED bulbs, energy saving wrap on my hot water tank," Buck said he was so impressed, he brought them home too. "I also had the same done at my home. Every little bit helps."
He says he's already seeing savings.
"With this long hard winter, I think I saved at least 10%," Buck said.
Buck isn't the only one. Any local Michigan-based business can participate and DTE will come out for free.
"They'll analyze your business, give you a report that will let you know additional things you can do. You can match up with a qualified contractor that works with DTE and they'll walk you through the process.," Kia Neely explains that there are also ways for you to offset the costs of the new lighting. "We also have rebates to offset the cost for that. There's no business size requirement or anything; you just have to be a DTE Energy customer who has gas and/or electric."
These suggestions aren't just for businesses either. Swapping out light bulbs and a few other minor changes can save you some serious cash.
"If you dial down your thermostat, for every 1 degree, you can save up to 20%. We encourage people to install Energy Star lighting and appliances," Neely said. "DTE Energy offers tools and resources online."