DTE Energy recently launched a community-focused contest aimed to drive participation and awareness in DTE efficiency opportunities and give back to Ann Arbor through sustainability efforts. The Power Together community pilot challenged residents to develop long-term energy efficient behaviors and vote for one of several community projects chosen by the City of Ann Arbor to be awarded by DTE.

Power Together Ann Arbor contest launched in March and over 4,100 Ann Arborites cast their votes, far exceeding expected engagement and interest.  Over two months, the community logged onto the contest page and cast their vote for a pickle ball court installation, volunteer days park beautification projects or the Bryant Community Center solar panel installation.  At the 17th Annual Mayor’s Green Fair in Ann Arbor, Paul Ganz, DTE regional manager, announced the Bryant Community Center Solar Panel Installation as the $15,000 grand prize winner.

The Bryant Community Center is operated by Community Action Network, which partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and improve the communities in which they live. The new addition of the solar panel installation will be constructed beginning in the spring will bring an update to the center and offset energy costs.

DTE is committed to investing in local communities and creating positive change though energy efficiency initiatives, which have helped make Michigan the most energy efficient state in the Midwest. Programs like Power Together drive the momentum.

Residents were asked to register through DTE’s Power Together site and were instantly entered to win prizes such as lightbulbs and gift cards. As an additional incentive, customers could participate in one more Power Together energy efficiency programs to be entered for a grand prize drawing including an ENERGY STAR® kitchen appliance suite and ENERGY STAR television.

All DTE customers can enjoy energy efficiency programs such as the DTE Insight app that allows you to control your energy use through your smartphone or tablet. Or, by requesting an in-home energy consultation to maximize your energy use and savings. Customers can also take small actions to save on their bill.

“Our goal is to create a replicable community-based energy efficiency program model that can be shared across our great state,” said Ganz. “We are committed to our customers and are excited by the engagement we saw here in Ann Arbor and look forward to continuing our efforts as the leader in energy efficiency.”

To learn more about DTE’s residential energy efficiency programs visit, http://dteenergy.com/spring

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