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Governor touts 'Michigan Saves' program at Hiller's

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NORTHVILLE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Governor Rick Snyder toured Hiller's Market in Northville Friday and praised a program meant to boost energy efficiency at Michigan homes and businesses. It's called Michigan Saves. The program provides low interest loans for energy upgrades.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz's report.

Justin Hiller, the third generation owner of Hiller's Markets gave the governor a guided tour. Justin's grandfather started the company in 1941. Hillers is now on the cutting edge when it comes to energy efficiency. The Northville store is one of the first in the state to take advantage of the Michigan Saves program.

"This gives us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint, to be more energy efficient," Hiller said. "And to take advantage of some technologies that independent retailers like us bring to market."

Hiller showed the governor various energy saving changes they've made including night curtains in refrigerated cases. The store also replaced old condensers and added energy efficient lighting. He says they expect to save 25% in energy costs and will make similar changes in other locations.

"This improves store quality and it improves the customer shopping experience," Hiller added. "For us its really important that we help to better society."

Michigan Saves is a non-profit offering affordable financing and other incentives for businesses and homeowners. Several grants from the U.S. Department of Energy are helping expand the program.

"Who's doing the work on these energy efficiency projects?" Governor Snyder asked a small crowd of reporters near the produce asile. "It's Michigan contractors, people right here in Michigan getting the work. Everyone wins and what better kind of can you have than that?"

Click here to learn more about the Michigan Saves program

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