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AmerenUE announced a new partnership with Operation Food Search (OFS) as another innovative way for UE to reach out to our customers. UE is providing families with ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) as part of their weekly food packages distributed by OFS. In all, UE will give away 40,000 bulbs to income-qualified St. Louis Metro area families to help them save energy in their homes and money on their electric bills.
More than 40 Missouri pantries were at Operation Food Search to receive the first distribution of bulbs. For those families who don’t receive assistance through OFS, they can purchase reduced-price CFLs at more than 100 stores through UE’s discount programs. To locate participating stores, go to www.UEfficiency.com.

“CFLs are an easy way for families to cut energy costs and focus resources on other needs. We know in these tough economic times it’s important to help our neighbors,” said Richard Mark, UE senior vice president, Customer Operations.

ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs can last up to 10,000 hours or 9 years. They produce 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs, making them safer to operate and more energy efficient – saving about $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
About the Partners

AmerenUE, founded in 1902, provides electric and gas service to approximately 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area. UE serves 57 Missouri counties and 500 towns. The company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. For more information, visit www.amerenue.com.

Since 1981, Operation Food Search has been addressing the growing problem of hunger and poverty in Missouri. Its primary mission of food sourcing and distribution is complemented by innovative fundraising, hunger prevention strategies and new services. For more information, visit www.ofsearch.org.

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