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SEEDS and Growing Older Together assist seniors

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REGION — Volunteer teams from Growing Older Together (GOT) and Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) recently completed a joint project of energy-efficiency upgrades for local senior citizens who are members of GOT.

Volunteers replaced incandescent and CFL light bulbs with free LEDs for the most frequently used light fixtures in participating members’ homes. They installed 418 free LED bulbs and recycled the old bulbs in an environmentally safe way.

They also installed outlet gaskets and outlet plugs on all outlets and switches located on exterior walls. None of this would have been possible without the John and Helen Villaume Foundation and PPL’s support of SEEDS energy efficiency programs.

Barbara Leo, David Ford, Denise Bussiere, Kathy Dodge, Pete Synder, and Jim and Pat Sanders, all of whom are involved in both SEEDS and GOT, performed the upgrades to help GOT members save on their energy bills and at the same time benefit the environment by reducing energy consumption. LED bulbs typically use 80-90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, so their use will result in significant savings on members’ energy bills.

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