Did you know that leaving your porch lights on a couple hours a night can help reduce crime and make communities safer?
Since 2012, Consumers Energy and the Michigan State Police have empowered Saginaw neighbors to reclaim their city by coming together to walk the streets and turn on their porch lights. The annual eight week safe walk, Light Up the City, includes:
- A kick-off on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Subsequent safe walks held Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- A community celebration on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“Our Promise is to care for the communities we serve, and that involves doing our part to strengthen Michigan communities,” says Tom Begin, Consumers Energy’s director of public affairs and a founding member of the Saginaw initiative.
“Light up the City is not only a fun family event, but it helps Saginaw remain a great place to live, work and play,” says Michelle Mitchell, Consumers Energy’s education programs administrator and founding member of Light Up the City.
Making Your Neighborhood Safe While Saving Energy and Money
Leaving your porch lights on every day for two hours will cost you an average of:
- $4.80 a year for each incandescent bulb
- $1.20 a year for each CFL bulb
- $1 a year for each LED bulb
Giving up 1-2 cups of coffee a year is a small price to pay to keep your neighborhood safe. Click the link to learn how you can save money with energy efficient lighting.