State Offers Free Energy Conservation, Waste Reduction Audits

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reminds Michiganders that its Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program provides free energy conservation and waste reduction audits conducted by teams of retired engineers.

Clients receive written, confidential reports containing specific recommendations to reduce energy usage, conserve water, and eliminate waste.

More than 1,900 audits have been completed to date, with a demonstrated record of identifying over $40,000 in potential cost savings per audit.

There is no obligation to act on any recommendation offered. However, most clients report acting on 70 percent or more of the recommendations within two years of receiving their report.

Requesting a free energy conservation and waste reduction audit is easy — just visit the RETAP website at or contact David Herb, RETAP Manager, at (517) 284-6863 or

More than 60 businesses and institutions used this free service in 2014. Included were American Red Cross, Boride Engineered Abrasives, the Chrysler Trendon Engine Complex, Coffee Beanery, Double JJ Resort, NextEnergy, the Otsego County Sportsplex, the Van Buren County Road Commission and many more.

RETAP aims to reduce the amount and toxicity of waste generated by Michigan businesses and institutions. It begins with a quick walk-through pre-assessment that lasts two to three hours, followed by a detailed assessment that may last from half a day to a few days, depending on the size of the installation. RETAP clients get their confidential written rpeort within 60 days.

RETAP assessors are retired engineers, scientists and other professionals who have been employed in Michigan industry who typically have 30 to 40 years of experience. Professionals with relevant experience are also welcome to apply to be a RETAP assessor.

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