Light The Way - Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

Light The Way

Spend less on energy, more on mission.

Since 2015, over 1,400 congregations have participated in Light the Way. On average, houses of worship receiving free energy upgrades expect to save nearly $600 on annual energy expenses. (Why is it free?)

That's money these congregations didn't have to spend on building maintenance, and $600 more each year that can go into programming for kids, supporting food pantries, and other vital ministries. 

Hear what one Light the Way participating congregation, First Congregational Church, UCC (Jackson, MI), had to say: 


COVID-19 Safety: 


To minimize the risk of spreading COVID, Consumers Energy has put the following safety measures in place:

  • Daily temperature checks and health monitoring for all staff. Those with symptoms are not allowed to report to work.
  • Energy Advisors will wear masks. They will wear hand and foot coverings at customers' request. 
  • PPE is available for customers at their request.
  • Staff will maintain physical distancing. 
  • Vehicles have portable hand washing stations. 

Eligible faith-based organizations:

  • Have Consumers Energy electric or gas service
  • Own their facility



Electric upgrades may include:


Gas upgrades may include:


  • T-LEDs (replaces linear fluorescent tube lighting)
  • 11W Flood LEDs (replaces 65W incandescent floodlights)
  • 9W LEDs (replaces 60W incandescents)
  • 4-6W LEDs (replaces 25W-40W incandescent candelabras)
  • LED bulbs for Exit Signs
  • Vending Machine Misers (for compatible cold beverage machines)


  • Hot Water Pipe Wrap
  • Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
  • Bathroom Faucet Aerators
  • Kitchen Faucet Aerators


Why is Consumers Energy giving away free stuff?  Why would they want to sell us less energy?

Since the enactment of the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008, and the extension of the Energy Efficiency Standard in 2016, Michigan utilities are required to spend a percentage of their profits on energy efficiency products and services for their customers. Programs like this help utilities fulfill this obligation and move Michigan toward a cleaner, more efficient energy future. 

Why is Michigan IPL working with a utility?

Michigan IPL has worked with Consumers to develop this program because it helps us to fulfill our mission to inspire and equip faith communities to be better stewards of God’s creation-- and we know it helps congregations spend less on bills and more on the things that matter.

I still have questions! Who can I talk to?

Please contact our Project Manager, Jennifer Young. She can be reached via email or at 248-463-8811.