Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity partners with Indiana Michigan Power to promote energy efficiency

Habitat for Humanity ReStore logo. Indiana Michigan Power logo

Press release from the Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity ReStore:

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity partners with Indiana Michigan Power to promote energy efficiency

(December 17, 2010) – Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity ReStore is now offering deep discounts on energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) thanks to a donation from Indiana Michigan Power (I&M). The donation of hundreds of CFLs will extend one of I&M’s more popular energy efficiency programs into Habitat stores, known as ReStores. The CFLs will be offered at a deep discount, and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

“I&M and Habitat for Humanity have a strong tradition of partnership to promote a better quality of life in the communities that we serve,” says Paul Chodak III, president and chief operating officer. “We are very pleased to be working with the ReStores to promote energy efficiency and to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity.”

ReStore customers will be able to purchase two CFLs for one dollar while supplies last. The Fort Wayne Restore is located at 3837 North Wells Street.

Habitat’s ReStore sells reusable and surplus building materials and home improvement goods, including appliances. The ReStore accepts donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help fund the construction of Habitat homes within the community.

“We are very pleased to make the donation of CFLs available to our customers,” said Pam Lochner of the Habitat Restore in Fort Wayne. “ReStores promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility with our daily operations by making reusable materials available to our customers. Energy efficiency is certainly in keeping with that goal.”

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, CFLs use 75 percent less energy than comparable incandescent light bulbs. Most CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and can save up to $30 over the lifetime of the bulb. I&M customers in Indiana took advantage of discounts and purchased about 150,000 CFLs so far this year.

CFL discounts are just one of the energy efficiency programs offered in Indiana known as SMART Programs. “SMART” stands for Saving Money And Resources Together. Other SMART Programs include residential programs for recycling older refrigerators and freezers, weatherization assistance for low income households, home energy audits, programs for business customers, and an energy efficiency education program available free to local schools. More information about I&M SMART Programs is available at


About Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that uses volunteer labor to build simple, affordable homes through partnerships with low-income Allen County families. Once completed the homes are sold to the family with a $500 down payment and at no profit on a 20-year, interest-free mortgage. Because of volunteer involvement, the cost of a standard three-bedroom home is kept affordable at approximately $65,000, with the monthly mortgage payment around $350, which includes taxes and insurance. Mortgage payments are then reinvested in the community in the form of additional housing opportunities. Additional Information about Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is at

About Indiana Michigan Power (I&M)
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and serves more than 582,000 customers in Michigan and Indiana. It operates 3,595 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,110 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company also provides its customers 150 MW of purchased wind generation.

I&M is a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), which is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning more than 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. Indiana Michigan Power website.

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