Whether or not we spend much time thinking about it, our lives and businesses are powered by energy. And the ways we engage with this resource can make a big difference for our operating costs – and our planet. With so many ways to manage energy, Michigan businesses are sometimes left wondering what steps to take first.
For over a decade, Consumers Energy has been working to help customers find the best ways to save energy, save money and decarbonize their operations. How? By partnering with businesses across the state to strategically manage their energy use – and even get paid for doing so, all while leading the clean energy transformation.
If you’re not sure where to start, that’s OK. Consumers Energy knows each business is unique, which is why they offer a full portfolio of energy management programs. But they won’t leave you alone to navigate the choices. The energy provider offers free energy consultations to their business customers – whether you’re a small start-up or a large commercial operation. They have expert Energy Advisors that can help customers review their historic energy use, operational needs, and sustainability goals to find their best opportunities to save.
Regardless of which energy saving option you choose, there are benefits to be had- and Consumers Energy will be with you to help navigate the best options for your business.
So, you’re probably asking – what exactly is an energy consultation? In short, it’s a conversation with an Energy Advisor to review your business’ energy use, operational needs and goals. Consumers Energy will help you understand where your energy dollars go, the steps you can take to use and spend less and which clean energy products are the best for your business. And they even have a special offering for small and medium businesses where they will install free energy-efficiency products to get started.
Any business that is a customer of Consumers Energy qualifies to receive a consultation. They want to help businesses of all sizes to save energy and save money. To schedule a free energy consultation, Commercial and Industrial businesses customers can call 877-607-0737 or complete the form at ConsumersEnergy.com/startsaving. And small and medium businesses can call 855-210-5240 or complete the form at ConsumersEnergy.com/smallbusinesssavings.
And all of this is done free of charge. There is no cost to the customer for a consultation – and many of the energy management products available to Consumers Energy business customers actually pay them to participate, through cash rebates or payment incentives.
You’re probably asking, how much can my business save by getting one of these consultations and participating in clean energy programs?
Consumers Energy has products that save at a variety of levels. For example, many of their products offer substantial annual energy savings that can be captured year after year and reinvested into a business’ bottom line. Upgrading lighting and water fixtures with energy efficient products can save a small business thousands of dollars per year in energy costs. At the industrial level, the savings can climb into the millions.
Plus, the dollar savings that come with energy efficiency upgrades are just one way of measuring clean energy benefits. There are also non-energy impacts – things like safety, comfort and productivity. For example, when a business upgrades their lighting to brighter, more efficient bulbs, it can improve the line of sight in their workplace and make their workstations safer for their employees. And we all know people perform better when they’re comfortable. By maintaining an efficient and high functioning HVAC system, you’ll keep your employees operating at their best AND your customers happy.
Finally, it’s also good for the planet. When you use less energy and support the clean energy transition, your business is becoming a proactive Force of Change for Michigan. Consumers Energy knows that’s something their customers and communities care about.
All this emphasis on efficiency raises the question: Why would an energy provider want customers to use less of their product? When you use less energy, and are mindful of when you use it, you can help avoid turning to more expensive sources of energy.
But it’s more than cost savings. Consumers Energy wants to partner with their customers to work toward a cleaner energy future for Michigan, because that’s good for everyone.
Get started today and learn more about the clean energy transformation and small ways your business can make a difference, visit ConsumersEnergy.com/charlesatwork.