February Newsletter

February - 2012

It's definitely been a Michigan winter to remember! We’re all about “green” here at Ecotelligent Homes but we wouldn't mind a little white snow, just a little. But before you think it’s spring just yet, lets remember those winter heating bills and how we’re working to lower them! This month we’re keeping you on top of the latest Ecotelligent Homes’ news, sharing a great success story, providing ways you can help the city, and putting a little cash back in your pocket.

Eco News: Ecotelligent Homes Named Top 25 Contractor

The Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan Program has had a very successful inaugural year thanks in large part to their network of authorized contractors. To honor those advanced contractors that have helped make the program a success, Michigan Saves awarded the top contractors for 2011-2012. Ecotelligent Homes is excited to announce we were named to Michigan Saves’ Top 25 Contractor List. Michigan Saves is a nonprofit dedicated to making energy improvements easier for all Michigan energy consumers, making affordable financing and other incentives available through grants and partnerships with private sector lenders. They authorize and monitor a network of contractors and recognize those with advanced training. Thank you to all of our valued customers who took advantage of the great program through Ecotelligent Homes.

Customer Spot Light:  Upgrade from ancient to super efficient for savings and comfort

Ms. Haggerty took advantage of the Michigan Saves financing program offered through Ecotelligent Homes to upgrade her ancient boiler and older tank style water heater to a single energy efficient tank-less unit.  Her new tank-less combination water heater and boiler is over 60% more efficient than her previous boiler.  The energy savings every month basically covers her monthly payment from her Michigan Saves financing plan.  Not to mention she will be enjoying a more comfortable and evenly heated home this winter.

Up Coming Events:

The funding for energy efficiency improvements didn’t end in 2011!  Ecotelligent Homes has been speaking at several area homeowner association meetings and neighborhood functions to help educate homeowners on various rebate programs still being offered by the utility companies.  Let us know if you would like us to come to your next function to help you and your neighbors take advantage of these rebate programs and score some great giveaways.

Local Green News: Greening of Detroit

In an effort to grow their environmental impact, The Greening of Detroit is seeking leaders to join their volunteer Citizen Forester program to lead groups of volunteers during the upcoming tree planting season this Spring.  This is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills, gain experience managing volunteers, contribute to Detroit's green infrastructure, become familiar with different Detroit neighborhoods and meet others while working to make Detroit a better place!

Green Tip: Save Green by Going Green

We're not talking about going green for a few dollars, but hundreds of dollars a year. So whether you're looking for easy ways to go green or easy ways to save money, here are some tips for you: Start a vegetable garden: The most lucrative crops for the home gardener  include Tomatoes, potatoes, salad greens, zucchini and strawberries. Do a Home Energy Audit: The average U.S. household spends $1,900 on energy bills, and much of that energy is wasted. Making standard efficiency improvements on an inefficient home can save as much as 30%, or $570. Go to the Library: The average American family spends about $118 on books,  magazines and newspaper subscriptions. Community libraries are free and offer the same materials.