APCO donates 46,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to low-income customers

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Courtesy Feeding America Southwest Virginia

SALEM (WSLS 10) -- Appalachian Power donated 46,000 Energy Star certified Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs to Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank on Wednesday.

Feeding America will now distribute those light bulbs to about 11,500 low-income families in 26 counties who have APCO service. The bulbs will help reduce energy costs and free up limited resources for other necessities.

According to APCO's president and chief operating officer, Charles Patton, 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.

The light bulb distribution is part of Appalachian Power's Low Income Weatherization program, which offers weatherization upgrades to customers through the Virginia energy assistance program managed by Community Housing Partners.

Customers can locate their local Community Action Agency at www.appalachianpower.com.   

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