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Get Smart with Energy Use and win $1,000 in utilities at March 11 EnergySmart Memphis event
March 4, 2009
(March 3, 2009) - Memphis Light, Gas and Water will take to the stage at the Orpheum Wednesday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to present a public energy-saving program to Memphis and Shelby County residents. The program, called EnergySmart Memphis, will help participants reduce their energy bills, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of Shelby County. The event will be held in conjunction with MLGW's 70th anniversary celebration. MLGW was originally chartered March 9, 1939.

EnergySmart Memphis' public kick-off at the historic theater will feature MLGW energy experts, TVA representatives and local city and county leaders – as well as some great giveaways, all coming together to give attendees useful and applicable money-saving home improvements that will show real savings on their utility bills.

"Giving our customers realistic ways of cutting energy costs is so important, not only in our challenged economy but also for the future of our environment," said Clint Richardson, Manager of Customer Advocacy for MLGW. "EnergySmart is a program that gives customers tangible ideas for improvements that will result in lower utility bills. And the way we are presenting it at the Orpheum underlines the importance of such efforts in our community."

Giveaways at the kick-off event include energy-saver kits for all attendees from TVA (valued at $50), as well as prize-drawing giveaways of $1,000 in free utilities (donated by private citizens), a free home energy audit with $500 for energy-saving improvements, and $25 gas and Kroger gift cards. The random drawings will be held at the Orpheum event. The first 50 customers to arrive will receive a free Hunter ceiling fan.

Following up on its wide scale efforts to help customers use energy more wisely, MLGW will hold another Community Conservation Day the following Friday, March 13. The county-wide event at participating Exxon On the Run stores will offer free conservation kits, energy use advice and energy saving materials to customers.

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.