Georgia Power launches annual "Change a Light, Change the World" pledge drive

Georgia Power launches annual "Change a Light, Change the World" pledge drive

Company to engage with customers online, via mail and in 130+ local offices

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Oct. 8, 2013

ATLANTA, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today that it
has launched its annual pledge drive in support of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) "Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR®"
campaign. Georgia Power has supported the campaign since 2006 by encouraging
customers to pledge to take small steps to save money and energy by making
basic energy efficiency upgrades, such as changing incandescent light bulbs to
ENERGY STAR certified compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs). The company is
consistently ranked as a top EPA National Pledge Leader for the campaign.
Earlier this year, Georgia Power was recognized by the EPA as the overall 2013
national pledge leader.

The launch of the pledge drive corresponds with Customer Service Appreciation
Week, a national event recognizing the importance of customer service. ENERGY
STARcertified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy, last up to 10 times
longer than standard light bulbs, and can save more than $30 in energy costs
over the life of the bulb. Since 2006, Georgia Power has distributed more
than 830,000 CFLs to customers in exchange for energy efficiency pledges.

"Small changes, like simply changing a light bulb, can have a huge impact on
energy use and provide long term savings," said Michele Wagner, director of
energy efficiency for Georgia Power. "We've supported this campaign year after
year to reinforce our ongoing efforts to help our customers become more energy
efficient, save money and help protect the environment."

Customers can participate by taking the pledge online at,
by completing the pledge card included in October Georgia Power bills or by
visiting a local Georgia Power office. Other savings options offered as part
of the pledge include considering ENERGY STAR certified appliances and
products, ensuring that homes are properly sealed and insulated, and recycling
older, inefficient second refrigerators.

Georgia Power is also encouraging customers to take advantage of no-cost
recycling of old or broken CFLs at Home Depot retail stores throughout the
state. Through a continued partnership with The Home Depot, Georgia Power
sponsors in-store recycling bins, creating the state's most widespread
recycling program for CFLs and bringing relatively convenient recycling within
reach of most households.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of
the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer
Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4
million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to
delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the
national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix
that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as
renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as
a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in
overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by
J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit
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