In the fall of 2020, Maryland got a little brighter in time for the winter. MegaLight approached Shore UP! Inc., a Community Action Partnership, to partner with them in the Delmarva Power residential lighting program that promotes energy efficiency and sponsors LED product for non-profit organizations. Thus began a beneficial and community-building partnership with Shore UP!, Delmarva Power, and MegaLight Inc.
THE NEED FOR ENERGY ASSISTANCE
Although they cut energy waste, the cost of LED bulbs can mean that those who could benefit from it the most cannot afford it. Shore UP! recognized the need to help their underprivileged community members manage their home so that living safely in all seasons is affordable. Thus, they started up the Energy Assistance Program. They had the audit services, the education workshops, the repair programs—but what to do about lighting? Lighting is a major contributor to a home’s energy bill, one that we all depend on especially during the darker winter months. A single incandescent light bulb can cost $130 a year to light. And for many, that makes a big difference.
MEGALIGHT OFFERS A HAND
Our MegaLight team connected with Chief Development and Communications Officer Tameka Kenan-Norman, who shared MegaLight’s partnership proposal to the executive director. They enthusiastically agreed to share the Delmarva Power-sponsored bulbs to families and homes in need. As a result, they were able to distribute 7,226 MegaLight bulbs and provide savings to their community in the midst of COVID challenges, all at no cost.
Since the first partnership, Shore UP! has participated in the Delmarva Power lighting program a second time in the spring of 2021 to provide 2,148 LED light bulbs to the community in Eastern Shore Maryland. They distributed an assortment of general purpose LED bulbs as well as LED flood lamps for indoor, outdoor, and high-ceiling use.
“SHORE UP!’s Home Energy clients, who are low-income, were pleased that agency was issuing light bulbs free of charge,” writes Tameka Kenan-Norman. “Some renters exclaimed that this would save them money since their Landlord did not supply them when needed. And in most cases, the bulbs that were installed were the old incandescent bulbs or less energy efficient LEDs. We also found that our Loretta Village complex was using the flood light bulbs in their apartments, which are quite expensive. Again, this was a great savings to the agency and to the tenants.”
WANT THIS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?
We’re excited to help make energy savings more accessible to all communities and are proud that MegaLight products make that possible. Does your county need energy-efficient lighting? Contact MegaLight today at firstname.lastname@example.org to find a utility program in your area to get sponsored LED bulbs to your neighbors in need.
Read more about how MegaLight connects non-profit organizations to utility energy programs.