Tucson Electric Power is expanding its partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to give away 125,000 CFL bulbs in the Tucson area with orders of the popular cookies.
This is the third year TEP has partnered with local Girl Scouts troops on a novel way to distribute the low-energy compact fluorescent light bulbs and educate the scouts and community about energy conservation.
“Our main objective in collaborating with the Girl Scouts is to promote energy efficiency,” said Jessica Vega, a TEP Residential Program Manager. “The girls are excited about answering questions from our customers and passing on the message of energy efficiency.”
Cookie sales run from Jan. 17 to March 1, and this year the Girl Scouts have set a goal to sell 1 million boxes of cookies within TEP’s service territory. The company will give away another 24,000 CFLs with cookie deliveries in Santa Cruz County, in the electric service territory of UniSource Energy Services, TEP’s sister company.
TEP held a Girl Scouts cookie kick-off event in conjunction with the University of Arizona women’s basketball team on Jan. 8 and will give out 1,600 TEP-branded bags (the reusable type commonly used for groceries) in Tucson schools. TEP also is sending bill inserts advertising the cookie-CFL partnership to customers.
Through this effort, TEP supports the Girl Scouts’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program, which educates families in addition to the scouts.
“The Girl Scouts have a very positive impact on our community,” Vega said. “It goes beyond the cookies. They’re really invested in the future generation.”