Energy Optimization

Energy Optimization

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You have the power to make a difference

Energy optimization means using energy wisely. HomeWorks offers energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the energy use of participating members by encouraging investment in energy efficiency measures. These programs are funded through an Energy Optimization Surcharge on members' monthly electric bills (as required by Michigan Public Act 295 of 2008).

These are the types of Energy Optimization programs that HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative offers to members. Each one is linked to the latest program details (and rebate forms, where needed) at, home of the Energy Optimization program.

Programs for your home

* Links to the downloadable applications for Energy Star and HVAC rebates are provided here as a convenience. Please be sure to click on the information links to get all the details before filling out your application. Thanks!

Programs for your farm

Programs for your business

Check into the Residential Energy Services Network - Having a certified RESNET professional perform an energy assessment of your home is a first step in cutting costs and saving energy. A home assessment will identify energy leaks and provide recommendations of cost-effective ways to improve your home's energy performance.

Be Green. Save Green. Save Energy with Load Management.

We all want to save money - and you can save while helping your cooperative save! You can get a discounted Dual Fuel heating rate, or receive a monthly bill credit for your electric water heater, when you help us reduce our peak power use.

Simply allow us to install a control box (like the one shown below) on your heating system or water heater. When electricity is most expensive, we’ll send a signal to the box and power to the unit is cut for a short while.

Savings from reducing the cooperative’s power bill are passed on to all of our member-owners, and you also help reduce the need for new power plants to meet growing peak demand.

Learn more about our water heater deal here.

What do the lights on your Demand Response control box mean?

Load Management control device


The C light has no significance.
When the red A light is lit, your water heater is under control.
A red B light means your heating or cooling system is being controlled.
The T light, which is yellow or amber, has no significance.

Note: Once the control period ends, it can take up to 15 minutes for your water heater or heating/air conditioning to start up again.

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