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DTE Energy has launched a pilot program offering rebates of up to $5,000 for customers of MichCon, its natural gas utility, on products and services to help conserve energy. A limited number of $250 rebates will be available to customers who purchase high-efficiency furnaces or who have a professional energy audits performed on their homes. The company also is offering six rebates of $5,000 to builders that construct energy efficient homes. As many as 200 homeowners who replace their existing furnaces with high-efficiency natural gas models will be eligible for a rebate of $250 each. The new furnaces have to be installed by a licensed dealer and have an efficiency rating of at least 93%. As many as 100 homeowners who have an energy analysis performed will be eligible for a $250 rebate each. Only homes built prior to Dec. 31, 1999 are eligible for the program, and homeowners have to complete at least one of the recommendations identified during the energy audit. DTE also is offering six rebates of $5,000 each to licensed Michigan builders that construct homes built to federal Energy Star standards. Energy Star identifies and promotes energy efficient products and practices.

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