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 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Tips for "do-it-yourselfers" and builders on how to construct more energy-efficient homes will be the subject of a series of workshops to be held in 10 cities throughout Michigan in February and March.
 Sponsored by the state's electric utilities, the workshops will feature Doug Rye, the self-described "one-armed architect" from Arkansas, who tells stories and uses humor to make energy efficiency understandable to the average person in a fun way. Rye says his goal is to teach "construction techniques that will provide maximum comfort at the lowest energy cost." Specific topics he will discuss are building practices, insulation, weatherstripping, blower door testing and heating/cooling systems.
 The workshops, to be held from St. Joseph to Houghton and several Michigan cities in between, are open to the public free of charge. Workshop dates and locations are:
 St. Joseph, Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, sponsored by Indiana-Michigan Power and Fruit Belt Electric Cooperative;
 Grand Rapids, Feb. 9, at English Hills on W. Four Mile Rd., 7-9 p.m., sponsored by Consumers Power and O&A Electric Cooperative;
 Lansing, Feb. 10, at Midway Hotel, Saginaw Highway at I-96, 7-8:30 p.m., sponsored by Tri County Electric Cooperative and Consumers Power;
 Ann Arbor, Feb. 11, at Domino's Farms Hotel and Conference Center, 7-9 p.m., sponsored by Detroit Edison and Thumb Electric Cooperative;
 Lapeer, Feb. 13, at Edward's of Lapeer on E. Genesee, 9-11 a.m., sponsored by Detroit Edison, Thumb Electric Cooperative and Consumers Power;
 Houghton, March 1, sponsored by Upper Peninsula Power;
 Iron Mountain, March 2, sponsored by Wisconsin Electric Power;
 Sault Ste. Marie, March 3, sponsored by Cloverland Electric Cooperative and Edison Sault Electric;
 Gaylord, March 4, at the Quality Inn, W. Main St., 7-9 p.m., sponsored by Top O' Michigan Rural Electric Cooperative, Presque Isle Electric Cooperative and Consumers Power;
 Traverse City, March 6, at the Waterfront Inn on U.S. 31 North, 9-11:30 a.m., sponsored by Consumers Power.
 Call your local electric utility for specific details or further information.
 Rye has been Arkansas State Architect for the Farmers Home Administration for 23 years. A registered architect and 1967 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Rye is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of energy-efficient construction techniques.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis, News and Information, Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/

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