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SRP offers brighter days, lower utility bills for Mesa family

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:45 am

It’s not often that people go out of their way to help Brenda Noe, a single mom from Mesa who solely supports her three children. When someone does, she takes notice.

“I think it’s nice that there are companies like SRP that will take the initiative to help people like me, said the 36-year-old mail processor. “SRP stepped up to the plate by coming into our community and that’s great. It will really helped us out.”

In December, Salt River Project (SRP) employees distributed more than 2,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for families living in two Valley apartment complexes. Noe lives in the Clare-Feldstadt Complex near Sossaman Road and University Drive in Mesa, which is run by the Housing Authority of Maricopa County.

“It’s pretty exciting to be able to partner with SRP, because in the long run, it will put money back into the pockets of our residents,” said Gloria Munoz, executive director of the Housing Authority of Maricopa County. “SRP also provided CFLs to the apartment managers to install in offices, walkways and common areas, so that will save on operational costs, too.”

“When Noe replaces her incandescent bulbs with the 10 CFLs she received, she will save about $40 to $50 annually,” said Cindy Marzofka, SRP’s director of marketing and brand management. “It’s an easy way for renters and homeowners to save energy and money. ENERGY STAR-certified CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.”

“That means a lot, because every cent matters to me,” Noe added. “I’m on a really tight budget, and that makes a big difference. That would be an extra tank of gas for me.”

During the event, SRP employees reached out to customers to educate them about upgraded lighting, ways to save energy and money, plus water conservation and safety.

“I have a greater appreciation for those who extend their hand to help out others,” Noe said. “I think it’s cool that SRP came into my complex. I have low income, so anything that can help me save money is awesome.”

• Kathleen Mascarenas is a media relations specialist with SRP.

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