MichCon (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency (DTE Energy)

December 02, 2010


DTE offers a combination of energy audit discounts and rebates for the installation of energy efficiency improvements of up to $1,350 in Detroit Edison Electric and Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. service areas. Actual rebate levels vary according to whether the customer receives MichCon gas, DTE electric service, or both. Eligible measures and equipment includes clothes washers, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, energy audits, insulation, room air conditioning, appliance recycling, furnaces, air sealing, and new construction. Customers should check the program web site for details (see rebate chart). Heating system applications must be filled out separately from Home Energy Audit offers. Rebates also vary based by equipment size and efficiency.

The first of the four audit options allows for a self-administered online energy audit at no cost. Option two specifies that a trained auditor will examine the residence for a fee of only $25. This option qualifies the customer for up to $500 in incentives for equipment purchased. The third option calls for a professional and extensive home audit, which is reimbursed with a $75 rebate, an additional $75 rebate if recommended measures are installed within 12 months, and eligibility for up to $1,350 in equipment incentives. The fourth option calls for an extensive audit and the designation of a HERS score. Customers can qualify for an audit rebate of up to $150 and gain eligibility for up to $1,350 in equipment incentives.

The application and supporting documentation must be received within 30 days of audit completion, and sales invoices or paid receipts must accompany applications. All equipment must be purchased and installed prior to application submission. Customers must utilize gas distribution service from MichCon and/or electricity distribution service from Detroit Edison to be eligible for cash rebates for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency measures. An invoice itemizing the purchased equipment and/or services provided must accompany this application. Payment processing may take 6-8 weeks or longer if information is incomplete or inaccurate.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Michigan
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers/saveEnergy/
Administrator: DTE Energy
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Lighting
  • Furnaces
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Motor VFDs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Incentive Amount: New Construction: up to $200/1,000 sq. ft.
Air Sealing: up to $100
Floor Insulation: $50 - $100
Bandjoist Insulation: $50 - $100
Wall Insulation: $50 - $250
Ceiling Insulation: $125 - $250
Window Replacement: $150 - $300
Programmable Thermostat: $10-$20
Refrigerator Recycling: $40
Dehumidifier and A/C Recycling: $20
Clothes Washers: $25 - $50
CFL Bulbs: $1.50 In-Store Discount
Home Energy Audit: up to $150
Furnace: $200
ECM Blower Motor: $100
Maximum Incentive: Insulation and other Weatherization Measures: $1,350 or $15,00 with audit
New Construction: $700/house
Windows: $25/window (with audit); $12.50/window (without audit)
MichCon Customers are likely to get half of the rebate that a MichCon and Detroit Edison Customer would receive
Equipment Requirements: Windows must be recognized/rated by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) and ENERGY STAR
Insulation must be recognized/rated by the ASTM (American Society Testing Measurement
Furnace: 95% AFUE
Installation Requirements: Air Sealing: Pre and post blower door test
Band Joist: Air sealed and insulated
Ceiling Insulation: start point of less than R-24 or 8” of insulation with minimum addition of R-19 or 6”
Duct Seal: only eligible in unconditioned spaces


Name: DTE Energy Efficiency
Address: P.O. Box 11289
Detroit MI 48211
Phone: (866) 796-0512
Email: energy_saving@dteenergy.com

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.