An idea for someone tough on your holiday gift list could be something to help them pay their energy bills.

Consumers Energy wants people to know they can purchase "Gifts of Energy" certificates.   They come in $10, $20, $25 and $50 increments and never expire.   

The certificates can be mailed with Consumers Energy payments.   They cannot be redeemed for cash.

"Gifts of Energy are practical yet welcome because there is nothing more helpful than the gift of a warm home,” said Garrick Rochow, vice president of customer operations and quality for Consumers Energy. “Buying a Gift of Energy is a thoughtful gift for most everyone on your holiday list, be it a relative, friend, co-worker, neighbor, service provider or just someone who may be in financial need.”

Consumers Energy said fire departments, charitable groups and other first responders use the certificates to help people in need.   

“Gifts of Energy don’t include the buyer’s name so they’re perfect if you want to anonymously help someone in your family, your neighborhood or place of worship,” Rochow added.

The certificates can be purchased at Consumers Energy bill payment offices, participating credit unions and by mail.   People can submit a written request along with a check or money order to:

Consumers Energy

P.O. Box 30079

Lansing, Mich. 48937-0001.