10 Easy Ways Small Businesses Can Save Energy and Money

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page.

Shelling out for energy-efficient appliances now could help you save in the long run. Thermal paint windows, upgraded furnaces, or switching to solar power lighting may seem like unnecessary expenses, but can be sound long-term investments.

The What, Why, and How of Energy Management

This article explains what "energy management" is, why it's important, and how you can use it to save energy.

What is energy management?
"Energy management" is a term that has a number of meanings, but we're mainly concerned with the one that relates to saving energy in businesses, public-sector/government organizations, and homes.

Tips to Help Your Business Weather a Storm

At Consumers Energy, we want you to be prepared to safely weather any Michigan storm or emergency. These tips will help you and your business so you’re not in the dark during a power outage. Learn more at

Businesses that recover faster, help the whole community recover faster.

10 facts about the smart grid: IT's role in unlocking clean energy

The electricity utility industry is undergoing massive changes. Our energy grid has been around for a long time, and it shows. The need for smart grids is becoming increasingly necessary worldwide, and many utility providers are focusing on activities that promote cleaner energy, smarter storage, and cost-effectiveness. This article by TechRepublic includes 10 important facts about the future of standardized clean energy technology.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Lowers Fuel Costs and Could Create Jobs

“Five years ago, estimates suggested there was only a 25-year supply of natural gas remaining.  However, with the discovery of natural gas production from shale rock, the estimate is now at over 100 years supply of natural gas.”  MSU graduate Jeff Cook, president of Southwestern Oil Company of Greenville, Mich.

Tips for Energy Efficiency

Whether you own or lease your building, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business. This guide “Tips for Energy Efficiency” by the U.S. Small Business Adminstration will help you to maximize energy efficiency, which will save you money while helping the environment.

7 Ways to Green Your Business

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Extreme Proposal to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing Fails to Make 2014 Ballot

Thursday, October 10 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to report that its aggressive statewide education campaign to protect Michigan’s energy future worked as proponents seeking to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan gathered only 27 percent of the minimum required signatures to put a hydraulic fracturing ban on the 2014 ballot.


Michigan Chamber Launches Statewide Campaign to Protect Michigan's Energy Future

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a statewide voter education campaign, called “Protect Michigan’s Energy Future.”  The campaign includes billboards, posted across the state, as well as a website ( to help educate voters about the benefits of energy production in Michigan. 


Michigan Chamber Supports Responsible Energy Exploration; Opposes Job-Killing Petition Drive to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support responsible oil and gas exploration in Michigan and to oppose any attempt to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing, including a false and misleading petition drive now underway by irresponsible environmental groups.