Free light bulbs for Galion electric customers

Staff report

Galion Electric Division customers who participate in programs offered through Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission (OHCAC) can receive four free CFL light bulbs and energy efficiency information, thanks to a partnership between OHCAC and Efficiency Smart.

With the new partnership, these eligible customers who participate in programs such as the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Food Pantry Assistance are eligible for free CFLs. Those interested in programs available through OHCAC and the free CFLs can visit OHCAC’s office located at 124 Buehler St. in Galion, or call (740) 387-1039.

Efficiency Smart, the City of Galion’s partner in providing energy efficiency services to their electric customers, is providing the free CFLs.

Replacing incandescent lights with CFLs can help save on electric bills, as CFLs use 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. By replacing the five most frequently used incandescent light bulbs with the free CFLs, electric customers can save approximately $25 annually on electric costs.

The OHCAC is a private non-profit corporation providing services to benefit low-income people in central Ohio. The overall goal of the commission is to help low-income persons break the cycle of poverty and better their economic situation. The commission was established in accordance with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

“Those who have the least amount of disposable income often spend the highest percentage of their income on their utility bills,” said Mani James, Community Outreach Manager for Efficiency Smart. “By partnering with OHCAC, we are able to provide additional resources to help lower the electric bills for those who need it the most, while helping to ensure that a larger percentage of Galion Electric Division customers can take advantage of our services.”

Efficiency Smart’s services include rebates for energy-efficient residential products and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficient products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers technical assistance, account management services and customized financial incentives for large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus.

“OHCAC appreciates the opportunity to work with Efficiency Smart to provide energy efficiency education for Galion Electric Division customers,” said Bob Foreman, Family Development Specialist and HEAP Director for Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission.

For more information about the partnership or on available programs, contact OHCAC at (740) 387-1039.

Staff report