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TEP, food bank to offer money-saving kits to low-income residents

Posted at 9:04 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 16:46:50-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson Electric Power and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will begin offering energy-efficient kits to 11,000 low-income households that qualify for food assistance.

Starting Dec. 6, qualifying homes will receive kits with LED bulbs, a low-flow showerhead, bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and an LED night light.

TEP will hand out the kits at distribution centers in Amado, Marana, Green Valley, Tucson and Caridad Community Kitchen.

According to TEP, using the items could save $75 a year. The items in the kit are worth $40.

“We’re excited to partner with TEP in getting these energy-saving kits out to people who qualify for food assistance and can use them,” said Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Michael McDonald, in a statement. “Energy savings can mean more money for groceries, and it’s good for all of us to think about how to use energy wisely at home.”

According to a statement from TEP's Nikole White, “Helping lower-income residents reduce their energy use and costs with these products provides them with extra funds they can use to purchase essentials, such as food, clothing, health care and transportation. By partnering with the Food Bank, TEP is able to reach those customers who will benefit the greatest from reduced energy costs.