JACKSON — Consumers Energy announced it has donated 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to Michigan families through food banks.
This month, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is giving
out about 40,000 Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light
bulbs through its network of food pantries. Another 2,500 will be
distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in
Battle Creek during the week of May 26. Through the program, families receive a package of two CFLs, along with information on the bulb’s benefits and other energy-saving tips.
“This is the third year Consumers Energy has distributed CFLs
through our network,” said Feeding America West Michigan CEO
Ken Estelle. “By helping our clients save money on their energy
bills, Consumers is giving them a better shot at affording the food
they need to lead healthy lives. We believe this donation will
make it a little bit easier for our neighbors to make ends meet.”
CFLs can last up to 10,000 hours, or nine years of frequent use. They produce 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs, making them safer to operate and more energy efficient – saving about $30 in
electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
The CFLs are distributed by Muskegon-based EarthTronics
(www.earthtronics.com). Consumers Energy has increased its
commitment to EarthTronics and other West Michigan
businesses by $125 million and is increasing its spending on all
Michigan goods and services by $1 billion from 2011 to 2016, all
through its participation in the Pure Michigan Business Connect
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal
subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas
and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in
all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
Discounted CFLs are sold at more than 170 stores across
Michigan through Consumers Energy’s Savings Solutions
program. To locate stores, visit this link.
Learn more about Feeding America West Michigan Bank at
www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org and about the Food Bank
of South Central Michigan at www.foodbankofscm.org.