The Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild — a community non-profit — reaps the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades

Madhu Anderson, who works at the Michigan Agency for Energy, is treasurer of the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild, which is undertaking energy efficiency upgrades.

The Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild recently made energy efficiency upgrades to reduce its energy use and cut expenses.

After an energy audit at the guild’s member-run pottery studio in Haslett, Mich., members decided to switch to LED lighting. They also installed a smart thermostat to adjust temperatures, as needed. The changes were paid for, in part, with rebates from Consumers Energy’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Solutions program.

Madhu Anderson, who works at the Michigan Agency for Energy, is the organization’s treasurer.

LED light fixtures are being installed.

“Cutting energy waste just makes sense — especially for non-profit organizations,” she said. “This is the first time lighting had been upgraded in the building. The change means an immediate reduction in electric use. And the work area now is much brighter, making it easier for members as well as students in the organization’s classes to create their works of art.”

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The community-based nonprofit organization sells its members’ pottery to continue its work.

Non-profits interested in cutting their energy use can contact their electric and natural gas utilities for information on energy efficiency programs and rebates available to them. They may have other ways to save on energy expenses as well.

Visit the Michigan Agency for Energy’s website for more energy customer information.