Light The Way

Spend less on energy, more on mission.

Since 2015, congregations participating in Light the Way have saved an average of $500 on annual energy expenses. That's $500 more each year going into programming for kids, supporting food pantries and other vital ministries.

Last year (2017) 200 congregations each received an average of $1,500 in free energy upgrades.

Congregations eligible in 2018:

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


Electric upgrades include:


Gas upgrades include:


  • 11W Flood LED (replaces 65W incandescent floodlight)
  • 9W LED (replaces 60W incandescent)
  • 4-6W LED (replaces 25W-40W incandescent candelabra)
  • LED bulbs for Exit Signs
  • Vending Machine Miser (for compatible cold beverage machines)


  • Pre-Rinse Spray Valve
  • Bathroom Faucet Aerators
  • Kitchen Faucet Aerators
  • Smart thermostats


So… 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 boost customer satisfaction. 

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 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.