Energy Efficiency

By reducing the amount of energy used, you can save money and help the environment!

Energy Efficiency Seminars

Great Lakes Energy members are invited to attend one of our free energy seminars held in spring and fall.

Local heating and cooling companies and Great Lakes Energy staff are on hand to answer questions related to heat pumps. Learn about home heating and cooling options with geothermal and air-source heat pumps and Energy Optimization (EO) programs that offer incentives to help co-op members save energy.

Co-op members learn about other incentive and rebate programs offered by Great Lakes Energy, too.

energy efficiency seminar

Door prizes provide opportunities for attendees to win energy-saving gifts.

NOTE: All 2020 seminars have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Heat Pump Rates and Rebates

Members who install a new geothermal heat pump system in their home are eligible for a $700 rebate.

Members who install a new air-source heat pump system in their home are eligible for a $400 rebate from Great Lakes Energy.*

Members who install a new heat pump water heater in their home are eligible for a $500 rebate from Great Lakes Energy.*

*These units must exceed energy efficiency stands. See rebate forms for all qualifications and standards.

Click below to view the rebates available through our Energy Optimization (EO) program. Rebates are available through our EO programs which are in addition to GLE rebates. EO programs offer HVAC, Energy Star, and other rebates and incentives for GLE members.  

View GLE Electric Heat Rebate form.
View GLE Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates.

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors; during the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume. For more information about what a heat pump is, please refer to our Heat Pump Brochure.

When heat pumps are installed as the primary source of heat in your home, you may qualify for a lower electric rate for the energy your heat pump uses.

See our Efficient Electric Heating RatesContact us for the full application by emailing

Heat Pump Reference Guide – provides comprehensive information on operation, installation and purchase of a heat pump.

For More Information

Michigan Geothermal Association Locate a Dealer
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Energy Star
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Geoexchange Heat Pump Consortium
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Department of Energy
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Great Lakes Energy does not sell or install heat pumps. Visit the Michigan Geothermal Association website above to locate a dealer.

A map indicating all GLE charging stations for electric vehicles

Electric Vehicles

For members interested in purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), take a look at our current rebates.

  • Members who purchase a new Electric Vehicle (EV) and install a Level 2 Smart Charger are eligible for a $1,000 rebate.
  • Members who install a Level 2 Smart charger, but do not purchase a new EV are eligible for a $500 rebate.

Additional details can be found within the GLE Electric Vehicles Charging Stations & Incentives brochure.

Electric Vehicle

Great Lakes Energy has installed six level 2 EV chargers throughout our service area. These free charging stations are located in Boyne City, Reed City, Scottville, Hart, Newaygo, and Wayland.

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