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In an attempt to keep schoolchildren warm this winter, Consumers Energy is working with a Michigan-based business to provide products to over 900 West and Northern Michigan schools that quickly dry cold and wet gloves and mittens.

TheGreenGloveDryer® School Project is delivering EcoDryers to classrooms in public, private and charter schools in 29 West and Northern Michigan counties. Consumers Energy is funding the school outreach to help students just in time for another cold Michigan winter.

“Consumers Energy is committed to the success of schools in the communities we serve,” said Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience. “Green Glove Dryers have helped children stay warm and dry without wasting energy, and we are excited to see the difference they can make for tens of thousands more children in these schools.”

The collaboration between Consumers Energy and TheGreenGloveDryer® is making a difference in schools in 29 counties in November and December. Earlier this year, Consumers Energy helped provide EcoDryers in Jackson County, home to the energy provider’s headquarters. Plans are in the works to expand distribution to other Michigan counties in early 2019.

Karen Smoots invented TheGreenGloveDryer®, which positions gloves and mittens over heating vents, nearly five years ago to combat the wet outdoor gear generated by her winter-loving Southwest Michigan family. Tired of her two boys coming home from school with wet gloves and mittens, she invented the eco-friendly TheGreenGloveDryer®.

“The wet glove problem is cumbersome in our state, especially during the winter months. Having gloves and mittens that are not drying completely is a community health and wellness concern,” Smoots said. “Our new TheEcoDryer® not only addresses energy efficiency like its predecessor, but we’ve added antimicrobial technology that inhibits 99% of bacteria and fungi to help combat the spread of germs in the classrooms.”

Consumers Energy has also created classroom activity worksheets to engage students about the energy efficiency benefits of using TheEcoDryer® by TheGreenGloveDryer® in their classrooms. Consumers Energy works every day to help Michigan homes and businesses reduce energy waste, helping customers save over $1.5 billion in energy costs since 2009.

Schools are one example of the businesses that Consumers Energy helps with energy efficiency. The energy provider has helped Michigan businesses carry out almost 48,000 electric projects that have reduced their energy use by over 2 million megawatt hours — enough to power over 250,000 homes for a year. Consumers Energy has also helped Michigan businesses carry out over 6,600 natural gas projects, providing enough of a reduction in natural gas to heat all Michigan homes for 31 years.

To find out more about what Consumers Energy is doing to help energy efficiency, visit consumersenergy.com.

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