Meals on Wheels and DTE Distribute Home Energy Efficiency Kits to Homebound Residents

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Image courtesy of Meals on Wheels Ann Arbor’s Facebook.

DTE is partnering with Meals on Wheels Ann Arbor to help ensure homebound households have the resources they need.

The City of Ann Arbor is partnering with Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels at Michigan Medicine and DTE Energy to distribute home energy efficiency kits to approximately 260 homebound households served by Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels. This partnership, which stems from the city’s A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality work, focuses on helping homebound residents lower energy costs, maintain indoor health and comfort, and reduce energy and water waste.

Each kit will include LED lights and nightlights, a water-efficient showerhead and faucet aerator, weather stripping, water heater pipe wrap, and a door draft stopper. Kits also contain information about additional services or techniques available to save money by reducing energy and water waste.

“The city is delighted to partner with Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels and DTE to bring these energy and water-saving devices to our community,” said Dr. Missy Stults, Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations manager. “Helping improve the indoor comfort and health of our residents is of paramount importance as we work to achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality.”

DTE donated the energy efficiency kits to the city for allocation to Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels clients. The city’s office of sustainability and innovations added some additional products to the kits. Kits include information about the city’s climate and equity plan, A2ZERO.

“Helping people in need is a priority for DTE,” said Lynette Dowler, vice president of public affairs, DTE Energy. “Partnerships like the one with the City of Ann Arbor and Meals on Wheels empower us to protect customers, help them lower their energy costs, and help ensure a clean energy future. DTE offers many energy-saving programs to help our customers manage their energy use, and we continue to take steps to increase our investments in renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions as we pursue our goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels is a program of Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine. They seek to reduce hunger and food insecurity in a culturally responsive manner for those who are homebound in the Ann Arbor area. These are households that are unable to shop and prepare complete, nutritious meals for themselves due to their health.

“Aging in place is a significant area of focus for Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels. We are grateful to the City of Ann Arbor and DTE for providing these kits that will have a tangible impact on several quality-of-life, environmental and financial factors for the individuals that we serve,” said Courtney Vanderlaan, director of Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels.

Community members who are suffering from energy, water, or food insecurity and are in need of services can contact Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development.