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Property Value, Rent, and Energy Cost Exclusivity

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About twenty years ago, I moved into my first home, which sits on a beautiful lot where the cattle used to graze. When you think about it, all homes sit where wildlife used to frolic, but I digress. The point is, a first-time homeowner, especially one with a substantial lot and a long driveway, is in for a few surprises. I remember saying $10,000 checks were flying left and right, and that’s not even for the mortgage payments. Driveway: $5,000. Lawn seeding: $2,000. Mowing tractor and snow removal equipment: $7,500. There were at least twice that many nickels and dimes....
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Michaels Energy Named a Hot Firm for Third Consecutive Year

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Michaels Energy Named a Hot Firm for Third Consecutive Year La Crosse, WI – July 25, 2014 – Michaels Energy was named a “Hot Firm” on The ZweigWhite Hot Firm List for the third consecutive year. The ZweigWhite 2014 Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in an industry of over 100,000 firms. These firms have demonstrated their ability to grow and prosper and have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields. “Proactively supporting our clients in achieving cost-effective energy savings is what defines us as consulting professionals,”…

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Michaels Energy Expands Ownership

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Michaels Energy Expands Ownership La Crosse, WI – April 25, 2014 – Michaels Energy is excited to announce it has expanded company ownership to include three key employees – Scott Siefkes, Bryce Dvorak and Ryan Kroll.  These Department Managers join majority shareholder, Dave Waffenschmidt, and the planned successor, Jeff Ihnen, in company ownership. The ongoing ownership transition process has identified these new owners as part of the next generation of company leaders.  The owner/employee model allows Michaels to pursue the type of work its employees are passionate about. “Michaels’ internal transition of ownership allows us to maintain our level of…

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Michaels Energy Celebrates 30 Years of Business!

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Michaels Energy Celebrates 30 Years of Business! La Crosse, WI – March 24, 2014 – Michaels Energy is celebrating 30 years of business this week!  Since its founding in 1984, Michaels has maximized cost effective energy savings for efficiency programs, facilities, and processes through both energy efficiency and building system design services. Michaels’ dedication to this mission and its clients has led to the success the firm sees today. “Our success and longevity is the result of the hard work of a lot of people, and our dedication to proactively meeting our clients’ needs,” said company President, Dave Waffenschmidt. In…

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Michaels Energy Awarded CARD Grant from MN DOC

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Michaels Energy Awarded CARD Grant from MN DOC La Crosse, WI – February 4, 2014 – Michaels Energy was recently awarded a Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, for their “Mainstreaming Motel Optimization” program.  This program falls under the “Test or Demonstrate Innovative Program Implementation Strategies” funding topic. Michaels Energy’s goal is to develop and pilot a deep energy savings program for midscale hotels in Minnesota. This will be an innovative program that will advance energy efficiency in the hotel sector through a combination of technical recommendations, ENERGY STAR benchmarking…

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Wind Chill – Baah – In Yo Face

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We just experienced the longest and coldest snap of winter weather in many years.  Here in southwest Wisconsin, the element that made this snap different from any I can remember since I’ve lived here for the past 18 years was the combination of wind and cold temperatures for an extended period of time.  And of course that means wind chill.  Some people think wind chill is a bunch of malarkey.  I think they all live south of the Mason Dixon line.  Having grown up in wind ally, Minnesota, I have a tremendous respect for the forces of nature: winter cold,...
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Michaels Energy Named a 2013 Hot Firm

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Michaels Energy Named a 2013 Hot Firm La Crosse, WI – August 15, 2013 – Michaels Energy was named a “Hot Firm” on The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List for the second year in a row. The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada – an industry of over 100,000 firms. These firms have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields. “We’re pleased to have received this award for the second year in a row,” said Michaels President, Dave…

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Connect with Michaels!

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Connect with Michaels! Michaels Energy gave away three $100 Amazon gift cards as part of a social media contest!  Once we reached 200 followers on the respective social media site, we announced a winner:  Twitter follower (June 2013), LinkedIn follower (March 2014), and Facebook follower (June 2014).  All you had to do was like our page. It was that simple!  Connect with Michaels – and don’t forget to tell your friends!  Stay tuned for more social media contests!

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Michaels Energy Poised to Better Serve Utilities in Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Michaels Energy Poised to Better Serve Utilities in Minneapolis/St. Paul La Crosse, WI – March 13, 2013 – Michaels Energy has made another strategic move to better serve utilities and other clients by opening an office in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The fifth location of Michaels Energy opened for business last month at 2233 N. Hamline Ave., Suite 605, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The metro area is home to four Michaels staff consisting of three engineers and a communications specialist. “Opening an office in the Twin Cities area allows us to be more responsive and flexible when working with our…

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Michaels’ Energy Efficiency Division Hires New Engineer

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Michaels’ Energy Efficiency Division Hires New Engineer La Crosse, WI – July 11, 2006 – Michaels Engineering would like to announce the addition of a new team member, Eric Borchardt. Borchardt, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His most recent experience includes an engineering co-op internship with Wausau Paper in Rhinelander, WI. His duties there consisted of planning and managing cost savings projects, resolving maintenance issues affecting production and efficiency, and boiler shutdown assistance. Borchardt also has experience with residential and commercial construction. Eric can be contacted via e-mail at…

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