Mississippi Power’s first LED giveaways successful

Mississippi Power’s first LED giveaways successful

Mississippi Power’s latest round of lightbulb giveaways brought out customers from across the service territory looking for better lighting and energy savings from light emitting diodes (LEDs).

It’s the first time the company has offered LEDs to the public after many successful giveaways featuring Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs).

During this round of giveaways, more than 1,800 customers received more than 10,800 free LED bulbs.

“Mississippi Power is committed to promoting energy savings and helping our customers make the most of their energy dollars,” said Jason Moak, Energy Efficiency team leader. “Providing energy efficient LEDs to our customers is a simple way to encourage that.”

At the Gulfport Customer Service Office, customers lined up with either a copy of their power bill or their account number to receive a box of six LEDs.

The first one in line on an unseasonably chilly morning was Otis Jenkins of Gulfport.

“I got here an hour-and-a-half early,” said Jenkins. “We’re building a new house, and I’ve already got several bulbs out. I like the technology behind these LEDs.”

So does Biloxi’s Ed Ring, who says he’s noticed how LEDs are replacing older bulbs on the streetlights in his neighborhood.

“Everyone is switching to LEDs,” Ring said. “I have one installed in my kitchen, and it works beautifully.”

The giveaway in Gulfport was one of seven held throughout the service territory this spring.

“LEDs use up to 86 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last at least 25 times longer,” Moak added. “LEDs also generate less heat and are more environmentally friendly than incandescent bulbs, so it’s a win-win for us and our customers.”

Two of the happy customers were Evelyn Shaw and Alice Carter, who both missed out on the last giveaway held in Gulfport.

“We made sure we got here early,” said Shaw, a Saucier resident. “I recently bought some LEDs, and all I say is ‘wow.’ The lights are really bright and they use less energy.”