Income Qualified Energy Efficiency Pilot Program
[Last Updated: 2/27/2013 10:03:20 AM]

For Immediate Release                                                                        

February 27, 2013


Contact:  Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator

    Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4574 or E-mail:


TCL&P Launching Income Qualified Energy Efficiency Pilot Program


(Traverse City, Michigan)Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) announced at last night’s board meeting (February 26) the plan to move forward with an income qualified energy efficiency pilot program. The pilot program will use a modified version of the existing TC Saves program to increase energy efficiency in households that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines at the end of this release).

            Income qualified customers are eligible to participate in the modified TC Saves program at no cost as TCL&P will cover the $100 sign-up fee. Customers will receive an in-depth energy assessment performed by a qualified contractor, electric and natural gas energy saving direct installs such as compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, programmable thermostat, high-efficiency shower head, water heater insulation and pipe wrap, and a report of the contractor’s findings and recommendations for energy saving upgrades.

            TCL&P will assist customers who own their home in making the electric energy efficiency upgrades by providing an allowance of $1,000 to implement the most needed upgrades. For customers who rent, the landlord will be required to pay 50% of the suggested upgrades and TCL&P will cover the remaining 50% with a cap of $500.

The concept for the pilot program stemmed from a recommendation from Mayor Michael Estes to focus additional efforts to increase energy efficiency in low income housing in hopes that it will decrease customer utility bills and result in reduced disconnect “red tag” notices and utility shut-offs due to non-payment. The budget for the pilot program is $30,000, which is 100% of the “red tag” revenue collected in the previous year. In past years, TCL&P has donated the “red tag” revenue to local charities to assist with customer shut-off protection.

Funds for the pilot program are limited and first-come, first-served. For customers to take advantage of the pilot program, they need to be income qualified and sign-up for TC Saves by March 31, 2013. Customer can sign-up and begin the income qualification process by going to or calling 231-714-4633.

Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.


2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines


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