Consumers Energy Donates 75,000 LED Bulbs to Light Up West Michigan Food Banks

With the holiday season approaching, Consumers Energy is supporting Michigan nonprofit organizations that provide help to those in need.

The energy provider recently completed lighting upgrades that will help Feeding America West Michigan reduce its yearly energy costs. On top of that, Consumers Energy provided 75,000 high-efficiency LED bulbs to the food bank, which it will distribute to local human service agencies throughout West Michigan.

"We are committed to the Michigan communities we serve," said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice president of energy supply operations. "Strong nonprofit organizations like Feeding America West Michigan are vital to strong communities, and we are proud to support their mission to help people this winter and throughout the year."

Consumers Energy donated the LED bulbs following its "Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb" campaign in October, part of the ENERGY STAR® Change the World Tour, pledging to make a donation for every LED bulb that customers purchased. In addition, it provided free exterior lighting upgrades to Feeding America West Michigan's Cadillac and Comstock Park distribution centers, which will help the organization save over US $3,500  per year.

"By helping us that save money on our utility bills, Consumers Energy is helping us distribute an additional 14,000 to people meals in need in our state," said Feeding America West Michigan CEO  Ken Estelle. "That makes a real, measurable difference in our neighbors' lives."

Consumers Energy is helping Michigan nonprofits in other ways. The energy provider offers a discount on electric bills to homeless shelters during the winter months. It also teamed up with five nonprofit organizations statewide to make available up to $12 million in assistance that will help 30,000 households statewide to pay their energy bills this winter.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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