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About 10,000 West Virginia families served by Mountaineer Food Bank will soon receive free Energy Star certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs thanks to a contribution from Appalachian Power.

Appalachian Power donated 40,000 CFL bulbs to the food bank, located in Gassaway, on Aug. 14 as a part of the company's GridSMART energy efficiency initiative. The bulbs will be given out to families in packs of four in an effort to “help those facing economic hardships in Appalachian's service territory reduce energy costs and free up limited resources for other necessities,” according to the news release.

“At Appalachian Power, we recognize that electric costs can be difficult for some of our customers to pay,” Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and COO, said in a statement. “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 our customers to control usage in their homes.”

Mountaineer Food Bank will offer bulbs to feeding programs, such as food pantries and shelters, to Mountain State residents in Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Roane and Summers counties.

“Mountaineer Food Bank is very excited to receive this donation of energy efficient bulbs to distribute to our hunger relief network,” said Carla Nardella, executive director of Mountaineer Food Bank. “Sometimes, we forget that those struggling with food needs also struggle with all basic needs including household items. This gift will reach thousands of people in West Virginia, and give them a little hope for a better tomorrow.”

The light bulb distribution is part of Appalachian Power's SMART Lighting program, offering customers discounted CFLs through participating retailers to help people reduce energy use, save money and protect the environment. Low-income residential customers also are eligible for weatherization upgrades through the West Virginia energy assistance program managed by the West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity. Customers can locate their local Community Action Agency for help by visiting www.oeo.wv.gov.