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Helping Families Save Energy and Fight Hunger

Posted on 8/8/2016

 DSM and Gleaners

Written by: Nicole Kritzer, Marketing Program Administrator

On Thursday, July 14, Indianapolis Power & Light Company's (IPL) Energy Efficiency Team had the pleasure of joining efforts with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and passing out light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs to families who utilized Gleaners Community Cupboard. It was a very successful day with a total of 1,035 LED light bulbs given out to 345 families.

As families rounded the corner after finishing their shopping at Gleaners, they were given a 3-pack of LED light bulbs from IPL for their use. It was rewarding to see how excited the families were. From smiles lighting up their faces to receiving positive responses, it became an all-around joyful experience for all involved.

In addition to providing energy-efficient light bulbs, shoppers also learned about IPL's Income Qualified Weatherization Program and were able to sign up for it on the spot. The weatherization program's objective is to educate and assist eligible residential customers with making their homes more energy efficient.

Providing LED light bulbs is a true act in the spirit of this program. 

Through the program, energy advisors provide a walk-through assessment and educate customers on ways to help make their home more energy efficient. They also install several energy efficient items in the homes, provide air sealing, and in eligible cases, add attic insulation. By being at the cupboard that day, we were able to provide a starting point in helping customers decrease their energy usage and manage money.

Gleaners is a key organization in helping families in our community. The Cupboard serves thousands of families each month, and that's just one of the many programs they run. Thus, we saw this as a great fit. Gleaners was phenomenal to work with, and this was such a humbling experience to see the great operation they run. From the welcoming atmosphere to the organized flow for shoppers, it proved to be a terrific partnership and wonderful way to add energy savings to their mission in fighting hunger in Indianapolis. Our hope is to continue this effort with additional partners. 

For more information about IPL's weatherization program, please visit


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