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Consumers Energy distributing energy efficient light bulbs through Michigan food banks

A CFL light bulb.
A CFL light bulb.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Consumers Energy is teaming up with food banks throughout Michigan to help distribute energy efficient light bulbs. The utility says that it's donating 85 thousand Energy Star qualified compact florescent light bulbs to food banks that can give them to needy families.

The CFLs can last up to ten thousand hours each, producing 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs and saving around 30 dollars each throughout their lifetime. This month, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is giving out about 40 thousand of the bulbs, and another 25 hundred will be distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek during the week of May 26th. Each family will receive a package of two CFLs.

Consumers Energy estimates that its various efficiency efforts have saved customers a total of 575 million dollars in recent years.