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My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries
My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Consumers Energy is shedding a light on savings by donating energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs to thousands of struggling families in West Michigan.

The utility company is donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to food banks for distribution. Feeding America West Michigan of Comstock Park will distribute 40,000 of the Energy Star-qualified bulbs this month.  Another 2,500 will be distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek during the week of May 26.

Consumers Energy says CFLs can last up to 10,000 hours, or nine years. 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.

“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.”

This is the third year Consumers Energy has donated the energy-efficient light bulbs to Feeding America West Michigan.  The CFLs are distributed by EarthTronics, which is based in Muskegon.