Georgia Power Encourages Customers to Take the Change a Light, Change the World Pledge

  Georgia Power Encourages Customers to Take the Change a Light, Change the
                                 World Pledge

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2012

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --For the seventh year, Georgia Power is
encouraging its customers to help the environment and save energy by
supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Change the World,
Start with ENERGY STAR^®" campaign. Georgia Power currently ranks as the top
EPA national pledge leader for the 2011-2012 campaign. The company has
distributed more than 680,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to
customers in exchange for pledges since establishing the partnership with the
EPA pledge campaign in 2006.

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Through the campaign, customers are encouraged to take the pledge to change at
least one standard incandescent light bulb to an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL,
switch to ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and products, make sure their homes
are properly sealed and insulated, recycle old, inefficient second
refrigerators and make other energy-efficient lifestyle changes.

"We want to remind our customers that even small steps, like pledging to
change at least one incandescent bulb in a home or business to a CFL, can help
them use energy more efficiently and save money," said Mike Hazelton, Georgia
Power's vice president of marketing.

Using CFLs is an easy way for customers to become more energy efficient.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times
longer than standard light bulbs, and can save more than $30 over the life of
the bulb.

Georgia Power is promoting the campaign to customers in conjunction with
Customer Service Appreciation Week, a national event that recognizes the
importance of customer service and honors the frontline workforce that serves

Customers are invited to take the pledge online at or look
for the pledge card in their October bills. This effort is part of Georgia
Power's EarthCents initiative. EarthCents is Georgia Power's portfolio of
energy efficiency programs created to help customers save money, use energy
efficiently and help the environment. Energy efficiency is a priority for
Georgia Power, and the company sees tremendous value in offering customers
opportunities to take action through EarthCents programs and campaigns.

If household customers are looking for a place to recycle used CFLs, Georgia
Power has partnered with The Home Depot to offer recycling for CFLs at all 88
retail stores in Georgia. Georgia Power sponsors the in-store bins, which
creates the state's most widespread recycling program for CFLs and brings
relatively convenient recycling within reach of most households.

Georgia Power encourages its customers to practice energy efficiency
year-round. For additional information about EarthCents and to learn about
available offers such as appliance rebates, visit
For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the
nation's largest generators of electricity.The company is an investor-owned,
tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power
serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.

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