Tucson Electric Power is helping limited-income families reduce their energy costs by providing a free energy efficiency kit through area food banks.

TEP customers who qualify for food assistance will receive eight LED bulbs, aerators for their bathroom and a kitchen faucets, an LED nightlight and a water-saving shower head – a $40 value in all.

“We know that cutting household costs can free up money for food for many families who have to make tough decisions, especially in these challenging times,” said Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. “We appreciate our partnership with TEP, not only in this program but in all the volunteer and financial support they provide.”

TEP plans to distribute 11,000 kits between now and the end of the year – or while supplies last – through these local food banks during the hours of operation posted on their websites:

Gabby Giffords Resource Center – Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
3003 S Country Club Road

Marana Resource Center
11734 W Grier Road

Green Valley Resource Center
250 Continental Road

Amado Resource Center
28720 S. Nogales Hwy.

Sahuarita Food Bank
17750 South La Cañada Drive

TEP hopes that partnering with food assistance providers will promote more widespread use of the kits, which can save an average family about $70 a year in energy costs.

“These products will help reduce energy costs for limited-income customers so that they have more money to spend on other essentials,” said TEP’s Nikole White, Senior Residential Energy Efficiency Program Manager.

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