Empowering Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:10:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Make a big impact while shopping small this National Independent Retailer Month https://empoweringmichigan.com/national-independent-retailer-month/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:09:19 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7113 Have you ever driven past a small business in your neighborhood and thought, “Wow, I have to make sure I stop by sometime!”? If so, here is your official call to finally make that stop and show your support. Michigan’s small business community is the backbone of the local economy. In fact, the U.S. Small […]

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Have you ever driven past a small business in your neighborhood and thought, “Wow, I have to make sure I stop by sometime!”? If so, here is your official call to finally make that stop and show your support.

Michigan’s small business community is the backbone of the local economy. In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s reports that there are more than 870K small businesses across the state, making up 99.6% of Michigan’s businesses. When you patronize a local business, you are not only contributing to their bottom line, but you are playing a vital role in helping Michigan’s economy to grow, prosper and thrive.

Here are some additional benefits of shopping local this National Independent Retailer Month:

  • You’re helping to create jobs. Studies have found that small businesses employ more people, and can retain employees at a higher rate during an economic downturn, than larger companies. In addition, small businesses hire locally – so, many small business employees are made up of people who live right in your neighborhood.
  • You can connect with a local expert. There’s nothing like the care, customer service and expertise small businesses provide. The entrepreneurs in your community are an interconnected network that can support you in any project or endeavor you’re looking to accomplish.
  • You’re helping to raise property value. Busy, walkable neighborhoods with vibrant small businesses contribute to higher property values for homeowners.
  • You’re having a positive impact on the environment. Small, simple choices such as purchasing locally grown food and walking, instead of driving, to nearby businesses cuts down on your carbon footprint.

Learn more about our commitment to nurturing Michigan’s small business community in these Empowering Michigan blogs.

Photo Credit: Kaique Rocha

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Keep mosquitos and ticks away from your home https://empoweringmichigan.com/keep-mosquitos-and-ticks-away-from-your-home/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:03:27 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7110 With all the good that comes with summer, there is also one scary truth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mosquito and tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in the United States. In fact, these diseases have more than tripled from 27,388 cases in 2004 to 96,075 reported cases in 2016. These diseases include […]

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With all the good that comes with summer, there is also one scary truth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mosquito and tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in the United States. In fact, these diseases have more than tripled from 27,388 cases in 2004 to 96,075 reported cases in 2016. These diseases include Lyme disease, Zika, West Nile virus, as well as even rarer diseases such as chikungunya.

These types of facts make it almost difficult to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months. How can we have any fun in the sun or even enjoy our own backyards when there are dangerous, blood sucking insects in our midst?

Though there aren’t any medications or vaccines to prevent or treat these diseases, we’ve put together a few ways to discourage these insects from heavily populating around your property so that you can rest a bit easier.

Remove standing water

Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos. By taking care of any areas that have standing water in your yard at least once a week, you are removing nesting grounds for mosquitos that could otherwise lay hundreds of eggs near you.

Stack wood piles neatly and keep your yard clean

Ticks especially love to find wet, cool and shady spots to settle down. By picking up any piles of debris, stacking wood piles neatly in a sunny area and mowing your lawn once or twice a week, you are taking steps towards creating a warm/dry environment, unfavorable to ticks or mosquitos.

Grow pest repelling plants

Add some color to your yard and keep pests away at the same time. Plants such as thyme, citronella, geraniums, and eucalyptus are all said to repel insects and spiders.

Create a bat house

Bats such as the big brown bat and the little brown bat are valuable members of our Michigan ecosystem and help keep mosquito, tick and other insect populations at bay. Building a desirable home for bats can help give them a place to hunt and thus lower mosquito and tick populations near you as a result.

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How to create the perfect picnic during National Picnic Month https://empoweringmichigan.com/picnic-during-national-picnic-month/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:56:17 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7107 The definition of “picnic” is an excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open. It is also used to describe a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience. If both of those definitions don’t inspire you to pack up your favorite finger foods and head to the great […]

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The definition of “picnic” is an excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open. It is also used to describe a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience. If both of those definitions don’t inspire you to pack up your favorite finger foods and head to the great outdoors, then we’re not sure what will. Michigan summers are great for a lot of things and one of those is picnicking. There is no better time to take part than National Picnic Month!

To make sure you’re prepared for the perfect picnic, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Keep it simple: The best part about picnics is that they don’t have to be elaborate meals. Pick your favorite finger foods, like sandwiches and apples, that are simple to prepare, easy to pack, and don’t require a ton of extra effort when you’re outside. Avoid grilling foods so you don’t have to bring coal, lighter fluid, or cooking utensils and try not to pack sticky, melty foods like pudding or ice cream. A quick and easy cleanup keeps the experience care-free and fun!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: You can’t have the proper picnic without the essentials. Remember to pack:
    • Cooler/picnic basket, with ice packs if necessary
    • Blanket for sitting
    • Water
    • Plates
    • Flatware
    • Napkins or hand wipes
    • Cups
    • Bottle opener (if necessary)
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Trash bag
  • Choosing the spot: Pick the ideal spot before you unpack the car and start carrying your picnic basket or cooler filled with goodies.
  • Maintain food safety: If you’re bringing along something that needs to be kept warm or cold, make sure the food’s temperature stays where it needs to during your travels. If you have cold pasta salad with a creamy dressing, you’ll want to make sure the dairy products included don’t spoil. Remember to keep food in a shady spot if you can.
  • Always clean up after: Make sure that you are leaving your perfect picnic spot just the way you found it – if not better! That means you are leaving no traces of food or garbage behind. This is important for wildlife, as well as our environment.

Looking for the perfect spot?

Check out Michigan’s state parks to find your perfect picnicking spot while also supporting the protection and maintenance of these important recreation areas.

For more ideas on fun things to do this summer in Michigan, check out the Your Neighborhood tab on Empowering Michigan.

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Kids’ Food Basket https://empoweringmichigan.com/kids-food-basket-2/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:27:24 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7105 In West Michigan alone, nearly 50,000 children are food insecure. They spend each day uncertain when they will get their next meal — a worry that no child should have. Kids’ Food Basket began more than a decade ago to address this serious hunger issue. Today, the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit serves nutritious food to 8,000 […]

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In West Michigan alone, nearly 50,000 children are food insecure. They spend each day uncertain when they will get their next meal — a worry that no child should have.

Kids’ Food Basket began more than a decade ago to address this serious hunger issue. Today, the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit serves nutritious food to 8,000 children daily through their partnership with 45 schools. The DTE Energy Foundation has been a proud sponsor of Kids’ Food Basket since 2016, supporting the Kids’ Food Basket mission to empower communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.

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DTE uses pigs to probe pipes to help ensure pipeline safety https://empoweringmichigan.com/dte-uses-pigs-to-probe-pipes-to-help-ensure-pipeline-safety/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:57:01 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7102 I’ll bet you’ve never seen an eight-foot pig, but you may have been near one and never knew it. Synonymous with swine, pig is also a nickname for a sophisticated internal pipeline inspection device that’s used to verify the condition of underground steel natural gas and oil pipelines. DTE Energy uses pigs to inspect its […]

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I’ll bet you’ve never seen an eight-foot pig, but you may have been near one and never knew it. Synonymous with swine, pig is also a nickname for a sophisticated internal pipeline inspection device that’s used to verify the condition of underground steel natural gas and oil pipelines. DTE Energy uses pigs to inspect its gas transmission lines from eight inches to 36 inches in diameter.

One of the largest pigs used is more than eight feet long and weighs about 3,800 pounds. There are several pipeline inspection options allowed, but the company prefers pigs because they provide the most data.

The smart pig, which looks like something NASA would launch into space, is inserted into DTE transmission lines and pushed through pipes by the flow of natural gas. Along the way, it emits a strong magnetic field. Sensors on the device gather data on the effect the magnetic field has on the steel pipe. The data is captured by the pig and analyzed by a computer program.

The analysis indicates where there may be anomalies in the metal, such as dents that could cause a problem later, corrosion or a manufacturing defect in the pipe that went undetected.

Prior to using the smart pig, several runs are made with cleaning pigs to remove liquids and deposits from the inner walls of the pipeline. The pigs are inserted into the lines and retrieved at above ground access points. The units travel about five miles per hour. The longest DTE pigging run is 130 miles.

Customers are unaware of the inspection procedure because it has no impact on their service. DTE typically performs pigging from April through June, because the analytical report can take from 30 to 120 days to receive. If it indicates areas requiring further investigation, the company wants to allow time to excavate and make any necessary repairs, which may impact service if not performed before the heating season.

DTE pigs about half of its 2,200 miles of transmission lines – exceeding federal requirements – and plans to add more lines to the inspection program over the next several years. While pigging won’t guarantee a trouble-free natural gas transmission system, the company feels it’s the best available technology to help ensure safe and reliable service to its customers.

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Summer fun is soaring with the temps and DTE Energy is powering events in communities statewide https://empoweringmichigan.com/summer-fun-is-soaring-with-the-temps-and-dte-energy-is-powering-events-in-communities-statewide/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:00:53 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7006 From Monroe to Paradise, Port Sanilac to Ludington and points in between, summer’s the season of food, fun and festivities. Here’s what DTE Energy is doing to make this a great summer across Michigan: DTE’s Beacon Park keeps summer sizzling with free concerts, family fun days and more Marking the first year of downtown Detroit’s […]

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From Monroe to Paradise, Port Sanilac to Ludington and points in between, summer’s the season of food, fun and festivities. Here’s what DTE Energy is doing to make this a great summer across Michigan:

Saint Motel takes the stage at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit for a free Saturday night concert on July 21.

DTE’s Beacon Park keeps summer sizzling with free concerts, family fun days and more

Marking the first year of downtown Detroit’s newest and most popular public space, DTE’s free summer concert series continues at Beacon Park with the Los Angeles-based indie pop foursome Saint Motel performing on Saturday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. Concert-goers can also play lawn games, shop at Beacon Park’s open air Night Market, sample a variety of food truck offerings and visit Lumen Detroit for dinner, craft beer and cocktails.

Weekend excitement rules every summer Sunday with Family Fun Days at Beacon Park. Starting at 1:00 p.m., from mini-golf and face painting to bouncy inflatables and lawn games there’s free fun on order for everyone. Refuel with savory summer eats and drinks from food trucks and Lumen.

Quinn XCII’s Beacon Park gig is just ahead of his September album release, “The Story of Us”.

Summer Music Festival Favorite Quinn 92 hits Beacon Park on August 18

Native Detroiter Quinn XCII will own the Beacon Park stage for a free concert on Saturday, August 18.  Described by Billboard as “genre-agnostic”, tap into Quinn XCII’s blend of pop, hip-hop, reggae and electronic dance mix and join the legions adding this 25-year-old to their playlists.

Visit DTEBeaconPark.com for a full list of summer events.

Fairs, festivals, car shows and celebrations statewide

The DTE Energy Foundation is supporting nearly 40 community events across the Great Lakes State through Labor Day weekend. Schedule a few in your travels and make this a summer to remember!

 

Mecosta County Free Fair

July 8-14

Gaylord Alpenfest

July 10-14

Wyandotte Street Art Fair

July 11-14

Uncle Sam Jam Fest – Woodhaven

July 12-15

Rockford Annual Kids Triathlon

July 14

National Baby Food Festival – Fremont

July 18-21

Baldwin Troutarama      

July 18-22

Highland Park Music Festival

July 19-22

Charlevoix Street Legends Car Show

July 20-21

Sault Ste. Marie 350th Birthday Festival

July 20-22

AuSable River Festival Classic Car Show – Grayling

July 21

Charlevoix Venetian Festival       

July 21-28

Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – Sterling Heights

July 26-28

Yale Bologna Festival     

July 27-29

St. Clair Riverfest and River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race

July 27-29

Farwell Lumberjack Festival

July 28-29

Monroe County Fair

July 29 – August 4

Elk Rapids Harbor Days 

August 1-4

River Raisin Jazz Festival – Monroe

August 11-12

Blues, Brews & BBQ – Westland

August 3-4

Port Sanilac Blues Festival

August 3-4

Michigan Lighthouse Festival – Paradise

August 3-5

Dearborn Homecoming 

August 3-5

Harrietta Blueberry Festival – Cadillac

August 4

After 26 Depot Music Festival – Cadillac

August 4

Morley Celebration on the Pond

August 4-5

Western Michigan Fair – Ludington         

August 7-11

Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival – Southfield

August 10-11

Ribs and R&B Festival – Detroit

August 10-12

Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival

August 10-19

Shelby Township Art Fair

August 11-12

Upper Peninsula State Fair – Escanaba

August 13-19

Edmore Potato Festival 

August 17-18

GRandJazzFest – Grand Rapids 

August 18-19

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire                

August 18-19

Lincoln Park Days

August 24-26

Tawas Blues by the Bay 

August 24-26

Detroit Jazz Festival

August 31 – Sept. 3

Thumbfest 2018 – Lexington

September 1

 

 

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Bring fireflies back to your yard https://empoweringmichigan.com/bring-fireflies-back-to-your-yard/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:34:19 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=6981 Among the many highlights of a Michigan summer, fireflies (or lightning bugs) are by far one of the most underrated hallmarks of the warmer months. Simply looking out in the yard and seeing thousands of tiny lights flickering in the grass and trees can be mesmerizing. You might remember running in your yard with a […]

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Among the many highlights of a Michigan summer, fireflies (or lightning bugs) are by far one of the most underrated hallmarks of the warmer months. Simply looking out in the yard and seeing thousands of tiny lights flickering in the grass and trees can be mesmerizing. You might remember running in your yard with a mason jar as a kid, chasing the little specs of light, or playing catch and release. Yet, today you may look around and ask yourself, where did all the fireflies go?

The sad truth is there are fewer fireflies than there used to be. This is due to numerous different factors: pesticides, light pollution, destruction of habitats—and the list goes on. To bring these magical little critters back to your yard, consider taking these simple steps.

  • Keep your grass (somewhat) high. Though fireflies become active at night, during the day these bugs like to hunker down in the tall, damp grass. By cutting your lawn down to a short length, you are removing a possible home for your flashy friends.
  • Don’t disrupt the snail. Firefly larvae is carnivorous. This means they like to eat other bugs in their environment. The larvae especially love slimy insects such as worms, snails, and slugs. By disrupting these types of insects, the firefly would much rather move to another area where there is plenty to eat.
  • Limit the amount of light outside your house during the evening. The main way that fireflies find a mate is through their bioluminescence. In other words, males attract females by emitting their own light. The females then shine a light in response. Fireflies can easily be disrupted by light pollution such as a porch light, flashlights or even a car’s headlights driving by. By limiting your outdoor light as much as possible, you’re ensuring the best environment for the firefly to light up the sky.
  • Provide a water feature. Fireflies love moisture and need water nearby to survive. By building a man-made pond, fountain, or even adding a bird bath to your yard, the standing water will be sure to attract more fireflies to your area.
  • Limit use of insecticides. While insecticides can help get rid of unwanted bugs, these chemicals are not selective as far as what insects they kill. Using insecticides around your home may kill off any fireflies or firefly prey that choose to set up camp in your yard.

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Now Available: DTE Energy’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Highlights https://empoweringmichigan.com/now-available-dte-energys-2017-corporate-citizenship-highlights/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:30:28 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=6907 DTE Energy has released its 2017 Corporate Citizenship Highlights, the company’s annual publication detailing corporate responsibility efforts in priority areas ranging from the environment to workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. The Corporate Citizenship Highlights covers many of the company’s key initiatives impacting communities across Michigan, including: Providing more than 650 youth summer jobs through DTE […]

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DTE Energy has released its 2017 Corporate Citizenship Highlights, the company’s annual publication detailing corporate responsibility efforts in priority areas ranging from the environment to workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. The Corporate Citizenship Highlights covers many of the company’s key initiatives impacting communities across Michigan, including:

  • Providing more than 650 youth summer jobs through DTE Energy Foundation support
  • Volunteering more than 57,000 hours to 567 nonprofits by 3,500 DTE employees in 2017
  • Sparking $120 million in neighborhood revitalization through the development of Beacon Park
  • Committing to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050, prompting numerous peer companies to announce similar initiatives

This year, DTE added a companion website, DTEImpact.com, to provide real-time reporting on DTE’s corporate citizenship efforts. The website explores the company’s numerous initiatives statewide and shares both performance data and reports. You can now track the company’s progress toward goals in supporting people, promoting places, protecting the planet, and fostering progress through DTEImpact’s individual pillar pages and performance center.

In addition to DTEImpact.com, DTE Energy also launched two additional websites:

  • DTEFoundation.com is the digital hub for the DTE Energy Foundation. The site offers an online grant portal, expanded content for nonprofit and community partners, as well as applicant information including Foundation priorities, timetables, and how to apply for grants.
  • DTEBeaconPark.com highlights events at Detroit’s newest public space, Beacon Park, which offers year-round programs and events ranging from headline concerts to recreational sports and family fun days.

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Points of Light names DTE the most community-minded utility in the United States https://empoweringmichigan.com/points-of-light-names-dte-the-most-community-minded-utility-in-the-united-states/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:34:54 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=6895 DTE Energy has been recognized by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as among the 50 most community-minded companies in the country and the top-ranked company in corporate citizenship among utilities nationwide. Points of Light presented DTE with its Civic 50 award on June 19 during the annual Points of […]

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DTE Energy has been recognized by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as among the 50 most community-minded companies in the country and the top-ranked company in corporate citizenship among utilities nationwide. Points of Light presented DTE with its Civic 50 award on June 19 during the annual Points of Light Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

“This was the first year we participated in the Civic 50 survey, and we are very proud to be among the 50-best corporate citizens in the country and especially being the most community-minded utility company in the nation,” said Nancy Moody, vice president of DTE Public Affairs. “At DTE, we are striving to be the best operated energy company in North America and a force for growth and prosperity in the communities where we live and serve. Our team focuses on people, places, planet, progress and philanthropy, and this Civic 50 award confirms we’re on the right track and acknowledges our commitment in these areas.”

First presented in 2012 and determined through an annual survey, the Civic 50 award recognizes the most community-minded companies in the nation. Participating companies are evaluated based on four dimensions of community engagement efforts:

Investment: DTE was recognized for leveraging its giving, employee volunteers and public leadership to advance community engagement. In 2017, we connected individual talent and work ethic with training in skilled-trades that lead participants to immediate, well-paying jobs in an effort to close the employment gap in Detroit. For example, the DTE Foundation has invested over $2.5 million in a talent-to-trades pipeline exemplified in 2017 at Detroit’s Randolph Career Technical Center. DTE-led efforts to revive Detroit’s Randolph Career Technical Center resulted in enrollment tripling to more than 300 students in the 2017-18 school year. DTE also infused Randolph with 1,800 hours of volunteer support.

Integration: How a company’s community engagement program supports business interests – or how it “does well by doing good” – plays a major role in how customers can connect with the brand. To impact this key area, DTE’s focused its ongoing companywide efforts to target Michigan-based businesses for supplier and contractor relationships. Since 2011, DTE has spent more than $7.5 billion with local suppliers of goods and services, creating 16,000 jobs statewide. More than 70 percent of DTE’s purchasing dollars now go Michigan businesses, achieved without compromising cost or quality. 

Institutionalization: DTE was recognized for its organizational systems and incentives thanks to its “Force for Growth” commitment –  where the company launched a five-year commitment to make life better across Michigan by creating jobs and growing the middle class. About 25 percent of the total time invested in onboarding new employees at DTE is devoted to Force for Growth, signifying its importance to the company, its customers and communities served. Additionally, the company launched DTEImpact.com for customers to track its real-time progress.

Impact: DTE presented its leadership role in community rejuvenation by transforming the 148-acre neighborhood surrounding its downtown Detroit campus into a welcoming, safe place to live, work, and recreate. The neighborhood’s new recreational centerpiece is Beacon Park, opened last year by DTE. The park – Detroit’s newest green space – has already spurred an announced $140 million redevelopment of the area. To ensure their safety, DTE expanded its campus security to cover the entire neighborhood. A DTE-led Crime Deterrence Initiative (CDI) improved street lighting and video monitoring, reducing vehicle break-ins, bike thefts, and other crimes by 80 percent. DTE also pointed to its position as the top-ranked regional utility for customer satisfaction.

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A new leash on kennel life https://empoweringmichigan.com/a-new-leash-on-kennel-life/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:25:51 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=6888 Business owners like nothing better than finding a little extra money – except maybe winning it. And that’s exactly what happened to Elaine Perkins when she entered – and won – the 2017 DTE Energy Business Pride Contest. The grand prize win earned her a Comprehensive Energy Consultation and $5,000 to put toward energy efficiency […]

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Business owners like nothing better than finding a little extra money – except maybe winning it. And that’s exactly what happened to Elaine Perkins when she entered – and won – the 2017 DTE Energy Business Pride Contest. The grand prize win earned her a Comprehensive Energy Consultation and $5,000 to put toward energy efficiency improvements. Now in its fourth year, the contest is open to all DTE Energy business customers. If you haven’t entered, you’ll want to after you read Perkins’ story.

According to Perkins, she was “busier than busy” last summer when she received an email from DTE about the Business Pride Contest. “I never win anything, but I figured ‘what the heck,’ so I took a few minutes to answer questions about why I was proud of my small business,” she said. Owner of Tall Oaks Kennel in Whitmore Lake since 1999, Perkins runs a bustling enterprise that provides boarding, grooming and daycare for up to 60 dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and the occasional rabbit.

A Paw-sitive Experience with DTE Energy

A few weeks after submitting her entry, Perkins was told she was a finalist. As a finalist, she received a Comprehensive Energy Consultation (CEC) from DTE Energy that included a thorough and professional analysis of her facility’s energy usage. A DTE Energy Expert contacted her, visited Tall Oaks Kennel and conducted an assessment of her HVAC, air filtration system, water heating equipment and refrigeration, while suggesting some next steps for energy efficiency improvements.

The energy expert’s recommendations made sense to Perkins, who has long been familiar with the benefits of energy efficiency and had purchased a high-efficiency, commercial-grade washer and dryer three years prior. Now it was time for more, and on the top of her to-do list was the replacement of inefficient T-12 fluorescent lamps with energy-saving LEDs.

“I’ve wanted to upgrade the old lighting to LEDs for a long time,” Perkins said. “And when DTE Energy told me that I had won the contest and was eligible for $5,000 toward an energy makeover, I knew exactly where the money would go.”

Perkins decided to spend 100 percent of the contest money on LED lighting for the kennel’s interior. The project was completed in January 2018, and Perkins has already noticed a decrease in energy usage on her monthly electric bill.

“At the same time, I decided to add some exterior flood lights to brighten up the parking lot and illuminate the field where we walk the dogs. I paid for those myself,” Perkins said. “It was great because the contractor who installed the interior LEDs switched out all of the exterior lights to LEDs as well. It only took a couple of days. All in all, it was a very fast and smooth process, and was not disruptive to the business or the animals. It was just wonderful.”

Has the lighting made a difference? “Definitely. Not only are my monthly energy bills lower, when you walk into the building, everything’s brighter and cheerier, especially the lobby,” she said. “I look around and think ‘Now I’m going to have to paint.’ Customers walk in and ask if I’ve changed anything; they can’t quite put their finger on it. My employees love it too.”

And the animals that are boarded there? “They haven’t said anything, but I think they’re pretty happy overall,” she said.\

Be the Next Business to win a $5,000 Energy Makeover

If you’re a DTE Energy business customer and can benefit from a $5,000 Energy Makeover, enter the DTE Business Pride Contest now through July 31, 2018. Simply visit dteenergy.com/businesspride and tell us in a few words why you’re proud of your business. One lucky grand prizewinner will be chosen to receive a Comprehensive Energy Consultation along with a $5,000 Energy Makeover! Plus, you may even be featured in a future DTE advertisement or in EnergySmarts for Michigan Business. Ten second place winners will receive a Comprehensive Energy Consultation. An energy expert will visit your business, analyze your energy use and explain how you can win by lowering your energy bills.

If you’d like to upgrade your business with a $5,000 Energy Makeover, enter the DTE Business Pride Contest today. The benefits can last a lifetime.

This article originally appeared in EnergySmarts for Michigan Business magazine. 

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