Consumers Energy Efficiently Entering 2014 with LED bulbs in Grand Rapids NYE Event

NYE2013BallIt may look the same, but this year’s New Year’s Eve ball to be dropped Tuesday from high above downtown Grand Rapids will use a fraction of the electricity of years past, thanks to new LED bulbs from Consumers Energy.

As part of our sponsorship of the 2014 Fox KIA HOT New Year’s Eve Party, we have replaced the 450 halogen light bulbs used the previous five years with Cree Inc. LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.

The new bulbs use about 80 percent less electricity than similar halogen bulbs and will last up to 20 times longer. The bulbs are among the energy efficiency alternatives priced with instant discounts at area Home Depot stores. Find a retailer with LED or CFL bulb instant discounts from Consumers Energy.

Helping save energy is our Promise to Michigan, and we’re putting that Promise into action with the new LEDs lighting up the ball.

During the approximately six hours it will be lit, the revamped ball will use a little over 24 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, compared to 116 kWh in past years. That savings could power 115 active video game consoles for the same amount of time or light 18 average Michigan homes for a day.

In addition to powering the ball drop, we’re sponsoring a warming tent from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with free hot cocoa, a photo booth, giveaways and information focused on energy efficiency, smart energy and renewable energy, including our Green Generation program. You can share your pledge to save energy in the New Year via Twitter using #2014Promise @ConsumersEnergy.

For more ways to save energy and money in your home or business in the New Year, visit