9/9/2015
Appalachian Power Distributes 46,000 Energy Efficient Light Bulbs For Recipients of Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank

ROANOKE, Va., September 9, 2015 – About 11,500 Virginia families served by the Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank will receive free ENERGY STAR® certified Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs as part of Appalachian Power’s Take Charge energy efficiency initiative. Each four-pack of bulbs—a total of 46,000 bulbs—can help those facing economic hardships in Appalachian’s service territory reduce energy costs and free up limited resources for other necessities.

 “We recognize that electricity costs can be difficult for some of our customers,” said Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and chief operating officer. “Installing CFLs is an easy way to help lower energy use. CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and can save about $50 or more in electricity costs over the course of a bulb’s lifetime. That’s significant when dollars are tight, and it’s why we are proud to be able to help these customers control the usage in their homes.”

The partnership allows CFLs to be distributed to disadvantaged Virginians in 26 counties.

 “A recent study by our organization indicates that more than 80 percent of our clients sometimes must choose between paying for food and paying for utilities,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. “This becomes especially relevant during winter months when utility bills could rise. Providing these energy efficient bulbs will go a long way to help the hungry people we serve.”

The light bulb distribution is part of Appalachian Power’s Low Income Weatherization program, offering weatherization upgrades to customers through the Virginia energy assistance program managed by Community Housing Partners. Customers can locate their local Community Action Agency for help by visiting www.appalachianpower.com .

Appalachian Power is launching a number of new energy efficiency programs and incentives to help residential and business customers reduce energy costs, including an in-home energy review. Some customers also may qualify for rebates if they install insulation, upgrade their electric furnace to a more efficient system, or make other qualifying improvements. Additional information will also be available on the company’s website.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, which delivers electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest transmission system, a nearly 40,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and commemorates 34 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships. The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America. For the last three decades, the Food Bank’s mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. Approximately $31 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled through a network of more than 357 partner feeding programs in our 26-county, nine-city region that provide food or meals to those in need. Visit www.faswva.org for more information.

John Shepelwich
(540) 985-2968
Mobile: (540) 613-7460
jeshepelwich@aep.com

Walker Nelms
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
(540) 342-3011 ext. 7015
wnelms@faswva.org

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