MUNISING - Going green and reducing your environmental impact might seem like a big change for the typical American's lifestyle, but it's often small changes made by entire communities that can make a big impact.
An ongoing joint effort by the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Superior Watershed Partnership has been focused for the past several months on helping Alger County residents become more aware of their own impact on the environment.
That effort has now formed the Alger Energy Savers program, which will work to help county residents learn more about how energy efficiency can save money, improve the comfort of a home and reduce the impact of climate change on the environment.
"It's very important because there's a direct link between energy conservation and energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions," said Gregg Bruff, chief of heritage education at Pictured Rocks.
The Alger Energy Savers program is funded through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is free for Alger County residents.
The goal is to reach 1,500 homes in the county, eliminating the release of 165,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and saving electricity.
Residents who sign up for the program will receive an in-home energy assessment from Michigan Energy Options, a non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. While the assessment is being conducting, the MEO representative will help install energy-efficient light bulbs, insulating pipe wrap, faucet aerators and other energy saving products.
Participating households will also receive a $10 gift certificate to help purchase items not included in the assessment, such as a programmable thermostat, Bruff said.
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