Thousands of Energy Star-certified Light Emitting Diode light bulbs donated by OG&E are being distributed to people through the River Valley Regional Food Bank to help cut down energy costs at homes.

OG&E donated 25,000 LED lights that use 10 watts of electricity to produce 800 lumens, equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb.

“Curtailment of energy is a part of household budgets,” OG&E Community Affairs Manager Rob Ratley said as more than a dozen volunteers with OG&E and partners at Clear Results opened more than 6,250 boxes of lights Tuesday morning at the food bank to slip in energy saving tips.

With the help of the River Valley Regional Food Bank, which serves more than 60 agencies in the eight-county western Arkansas area, families and seniors struggling with hunger in OG&E’s service area of western Arkansas will receive the energy-efficient bulbs throughout the year to help reduce energy use and costs, Rately noted.

The light bulbs are part of OG&E’s energy efficiency program, which includes free “energy audits” and the Smart Hours plan. In the last several years, OG&E and its customers have helped reduce energy usage by more than 200 MW with energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs.

“As always, we say ‘Let there be food for those in need,’” said Mike Ichniowski, director of the River Valley Regional Food Bank. “With this great gift of LED Bulbs, we can also say, ‘Let there be light.’ This is a great gift our agencies can give to those in need this holiday season, and we thank our friends at OG&E for making this Christmas a lot brighter for those we serve.”