Archive for the ‘energy efficiency’ Tag

On your way to Jazzin’, don’t forget to recycle!

Hello Creekside neighbors!

This is another reminder that there is a recycling drop-off location in your community THIS weekend! Please come down and see us at Chalmers and Jefferson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

If it is your first time, just grab a magazine or milk jug and come get a tour. Recycling is a fun, positive, and easy way that you can impact your community, the city, and the environment. Make it your new family project! Come by, ask for Lauren, and get a quick lesson and a tip sheet so you know how to get started. Recycling is an important step in personal responsibility and community health. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn how to do something positive for yourself!

Check this link for the information on what we accept:

See you tomorrow!!

(authored by Lauren Cooper)


Weatherization Services for Low-Income Detroiters

The City of Detroit is offering weatherization services for low-income Detroit residents to help reduce energy costs in their homes. Services may include window repairs, attic and wall insulation, pipe insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping. These preventative repairs are helpful to reduce home energy costs year round!

To find out if you are eligible for these services according to the Federal poverty guidelines, please call the hotline number (313) 852-5625.

You can also contact Lynn Miller at the Butzel Family Center for questions: (313) 852-4786. Applications must be filled out in person at this center, which is located at 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, 48214.

Be sure to bring the following information with you when going to fill out your application:

  • Proof of ownership or residency
  • Proof of income of all household members
  • Current gas/electric bills
  • Picture I.D. and Social Security Card

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to learn more about weatherization, please visit the City of Detroit website here. You can also contact Sam Butler at (313) 822-0062 or for weatherization or other housing-related questions.

Payment Assistance Programs

Temperatures Drop and Energy Costs Rise

Could you or someone you know benefit from a payment assistance program for high energy costs this winter? DTE Energy, the State of Michigan, and other agencies are offering the following programs: 

Case Management: Low-income DTE Energy customers can receive assistance to create personal payment plans

Shut off Protection Plan (SPP): Available to all residential customers

Credit Counseling: DTE Energy works with GreenPath, a non-profit consumer credit counseling service, to help with money management

Winter Protection Plan (WPP): Protects seniors and low-income customers from service shut-off due to non-payment between November 1 and March 31

Home Heating Credit (HHC) E-Filing: Eligible customers may receive funds from the State of Michigan Treasury Department

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW): Available to customers who meet household income guidelines, are facing shut-off, and have exhausted all state and federal programs

State Emergency Relief Program (SER): Available year-round to low-income households that have a shut-off notice

Low-Income Weatherization: Available to some low-income households and includes caulking, weather stripping and insulation

All information was taken from the DTE Energy brochure. For contact information and to see if you qualify for any of these assistance programs, please download the brochure: Payment Assistance Programs


Energy Efficiency Tips

Stay warm and lower your heating bills by:

  • Having your furnace inspected annually
  • Lowering the thermostat a few degrees when no one is home or when everyone is sleeping-Each degree you lower can save you 1-3% of your heating costs
  • Weatherizing your home to stop air leaks
  • Replacing furnace filters on a regular basis
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Lowering your water heater temperature to 120 degrees
  • Washing and rinsing clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot

Interested in more energy-saving tips for your home? Join Creekside and WARM Training Center next Thursday evening, February 5, at the Creekside office (1021 Manistique) from 6:00-8:30pm for our last workshop of the season. The topic will be: Green Building & Healthy Homes. Hope to see you there!