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Our members know full well the difference "homegrown" can make. From cheese and livestock to environmental stewardship, our members are making a homegrown difference in their hometowns--and we're proud to support them with electricity that makes a homegrown difference, too. More than half the electricity HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative and power supplier Wolverine Power Cooperative provides is carbon-free. 


Whether we’re caring for Michigan’s natural resources or supporting difference-makers in our communities through charitable giving, People Fund grants, energy savings, and volunteering, we constantly seek ways to impact our members’ lives for the better.

As a member of HomeWorks Tri-County, we’re proud to provide you with many opportunities to make your own homegrown difference in your hometown. From reducing your carbon footprint,to supporting vital non-profit organizations, take a look at the list below to see what’s within your power to make a difference in the community.

  • GO RENEWABLE: As a Michigan leader in renewable energy, HomeWorks Tri-County is proud to provide members with exciting renewable programs to personally make an impact on Michigan’s environment. 
  • CUT CARBON: Now that more than half of the electricity you use is carbon-free, finding efficient electric solutions in your home can reduce your carbon footprint more than ever before. Get started with a free home energy audit today.
  • SAVE ENERGY: Small investments in your home can pay off in a big way! Our Energy Optimization programs can help you save money, conserve energy, and further reduce your carbon footprint. 
  • GIVE BACK: Since 1993, HomeWorks Tri-County members have donated more than $2.1 million to organizations making a difference in communities through our People Fund. Round your electric bill up to the next dollar and make a difference of your own. 


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HomeWorks members know what it takes to care for our communities. Below are just a few examples of our members’ extraordinary commitment:


Vermontville Maple Syrup - Vermontville, MI

Blair Miller's life interests and experiences branch out like the maple and apple trees the retiree now tends to on his Vermontville farm. A self-professed jack of all trades, Miller makes cider from the farm's 700-tree apple orchard, and maple syrup from the sugarbush - or 350 maple trees - in the maple forest of his property. From his sugarbush and great care, he yields about 100 gallons of golden maple syrup a year, which has earned blue ribbon recognition in Vermont and Michigan.

"Syrup is special because it starts right at the trees," said Miller. "The sap that comes out of the tree is already perfect, and I take great care in every step to ensure I don't ruing the beautiful syrup God gave us." To learn more about Miller Farms, check out the article originally published in our September Michigan Country Lines, or visit VermontvilleMapleSyrup.com.

Maple Rapids Lumber photo - Grubaugh family
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Maple Rapids Lumber Mill - St. Johns, MI

From comforts and cures to sustenance and shelter, the earth is truly a marvel in the resources it provides. For the Grubaugh family of St. Johns, Michigan, it has provided them with a livelihood and a means to help its customers enrich their homes, businesses, and communities for more than 40 years.


Maple Rapids Lumber Mill is a family-owned and operated business with a reputation for providing high-quality lumber products and services to customers in the Midwest, Canada, and beyond. After working in the industry for nearly a decade, president Richard Grubaugh, along with his brother, Ken, founded the company in 1973. Today, two generations of the Grubaugh family work at the mill, which specializes in producing furniture-grade lumber, flooring, trim, veneer, and more. To learn more about Maple Rapids Lumber Mill, check out the article originally published in our June Michigan Country Lines, or visit MapleRapidsLumber.com.


Andrew Ahrens - owner of Farm Country Cheese
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Farm Country Cheese House - Lakeview, MI

Last year, HomeWorks members Andrew and Nicki Arens purchased Farm Country Cheese House, in Lakeview, continuing the company’s rich legacy as a family-owned business. Andrew Arens is an alumnus of the Michigan State University Dairy Science Program, has a background in animal nutrition, and also owns a 500-cow dairy farm on HomeWorks lines. His lifelong interest in the industry and entrepreneurial spirit led to his purchase of the Farm Country Cheese House, which has become a new-found passion for Arens.


Bordered by the beautiful Amish countryside that produces the milk for its cheeses, the homegrown Michigan-based company distributes as many as 30 varieties of cheese and other farm-fresh products locally and across the country. To learn more about Farm Country Cheese House, check out the article originally published in our April Michigan Country Lines, or visit FarmCountryCheese.com.

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