Riverside, Calif. – October is Customer Service Month as well as Public Power Month, and Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) will celebrate both by providing customers with free reusable shopping bags and energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Throughout the month, customers visiting RPU’s Customer Service locations at 3460 Orange Street or 3025 Madison Street will be able to receive one free reusable shopping bag and one free CFL (available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last).
Each reusable bag can hold the equivalent of three to four plastic bags or two paper bags. Many local stores offer discounts to customers who bring their own bags when shopping. Installing CFLs is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce energy use at home. Today’s CFLs use 75% less energy than standard bulbs do while lasting up to six times longer.
The giveaways are designed to both thank customers and remind them of the importance and benefits of having a community-owned and operated utility.
“Unlike private power companies, public power utilities like ours are public service organizations and do not serve any stockholders,” said Interim General Manager Steve Badgett. “We measure our success by how much we are able to invest within the City of Riverside that helps us to provide high quality services at the lowest possible rates.”