In July, UniSource residential electric customers who qualify for food assistance from local food banks began receiving a free energy efficient kit, courtesy of UniSource Energy Services.
Valued at $40, each of the kits contains eight LED bulbs, a bathroom and a kitchen aerator, an LED nightlight and an energy-efficient shower head.
UniSource plans to distribute 3,500 kits between now and the end of the year – or while supplies last – through the Kingman Area Food Bank and the Nogales Resource Center during the hours of operation posted on their websites.
“Our partnership with Unisource allows us to expand the immediate relief of food assistance that we provide to a longer-term solution for the people we serve,” said Mark McGregor, Executive Director of the Kingman Area Food Bank. “The energy efficiency products will help people reduce their overall energy footprint and their monthly electric bills. We’re grateful to Unisource for providing this support.”
UniSource hopes to reach more limited-income residents by distributing the kits, which can save an average family about $70 a year in energy costs.
In addition to distributing the kits, UniSource also provided hundreds of LED light bulbs to agencies or churches to give out to limited-income residents. The bulbs are being distributed through the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Hope City Church and the Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) .
“These products will help reduce energy costs for limited-income customers so that they have more money to spend on essentials, such as food and medications,” said UniSource’s Nikole White, Senior Residential Energy Efficiency Program Manager.