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October 21, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson and United Way Agencies Provide Free LED Lights to Eligible Families

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is helping low-income families save energy by distributing 10,000 high efficiency LED light bulbs at no cost to eligible households under its Community Lighting Program through agencies supported by local United Way chapters and other community service organizations. “This is all a part of an effort to assist our customers, including our most vulnerable, in becoming more energy efficient,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson.

LED bulbs are designed to reduce electricity used for lighting by 80 percent while producing the same brightness. By lowering energy use, each LED bulb is estimated to save households an average of $3.85 per year, and with an expected life span of more than 22 years, provide a total lifetime savings of $88 each.

Eligible households must be served by participating agencies supported by the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region or the Ulster County United Way, or by other participating community service organizations offering programs that serve low- to moderate-in­come community members. Each eligible household may receive a maximum of eight lights, for a total potential combined savings of more than $700 over the life of the bulbs.

Organizations currently distributing the LED lights include Family Services, Astor Services, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Hudson Valley Cooperative, Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Shandaken Food Pantry, New Paltz Family Health Center, Ulster County Community Action, Ulster County Healthy Families, Phillies Bridge Project and Catholic Charities. Additional agencies are also enrolling in the program. Recipients must meet agency qualifications and be a customer of Central Hudson.

“It is so gratifying to have business­es such as Central Hudson support families in the community,” said Joan Crawford, deputy executive director for Family Ser­vices, which is one of the agencies distributing the LED lights. “Family Services has the good fortune of working collaboratively with the United Way and Central Hudson, and in doing so, we ex­pand the reach and the impact we all have in our community.”

Eligible families may learn where to obtain the free LED lights by calling their service agency directly, or by contacting Su Marcy of the United Way of Ulster County at (845) 331-4199, sumarcy@ulsterunitedway.org, or Kim Kochem of the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region at (845) 471-1900 ext. 3122, kkochem@uwdor.org. Additional community service organizations interested in distributing lights may contact Michael Lauchaire of Central Hudson at mlauchaire@cenhud.com.

 

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Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Kim Kochem, left, delivered cases of LED light bulbs to the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie as part of Central Hudson’s Community Lighting program.

Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Kim Kochem, left, delivered cases of LED light bulbs to the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie as part of Central Hudson’s free Community Lighting program.