Halloween cheer mixed with energy-saving spirit Oct. 28, when we drew a crowd of about 1,000 to our Energy Savings Day community event at the Greater Hazleton Area YWCA.

The event combined energy efficiency tips, demonstrations and services with fun activities for kids and families – like face painting, a bike rodeo, and a petting zoo. Many of the about 500 kids in the crowd came in colorful Halloween costumes.

We also rolled out ournew mobile assistance vehicle (pictured at right), offering customers the chance to sign up in person for the WRAP energy efficiency program and the OnTrack bill payment plan. About 120 customers took advantage of the opportunity to sign up. As an added bonus, 11 bicycles were given away to families that signed up for WRAP or OnTrack.

“We can’t thank the YWCA and our partner organizations enough for their time and effort to make Energy Savings Day such a huge success for the Hazleton community,” said Pete Cleff, who oversees PPL’s energy efficiency programs. “It was clear that those who attended had fun and learned more about how to save energy and money.”

We’re considering Energy Savings Day events in other locations based on the success of the Hazleton event.

Organizations that supported the event included:

• The American Red Cross provided fire alarm installation sign-ups and provided information about its Pillowcase Project, a program that gives kids a pillowcase to color and teaches them the important things to put in the pillow case in the event of an emergency or disaster.
•         The Hershey Company donated thousands of candy bars.
•         League of American Bicyclists organized the bicycle rodeo to teach bicycle safety.
• Lehigh Valley Health Network provided info on bike helmet safety and hand washing technique, provided blood pressure check-ups, and provided nutritional education and fitness activities.
•         Around Town Bicycles assembled and adjusted giveaway bicycles.
•         Ocean Spray provided thousands of assorted drinks, Craisins, and snacks.
•         Penn State Hazleton Engineering Club provided a bike-powered light bulb demonstration where kids and adults pedaled to see how much energy is needed to power different types of light bulbs.
•         Philips Lighting supported an LED lightbulb giveaway.
• Lowe’s donated a new Energy Star refrigerator.
•         Quad Graphics donated printing of English-language posters and shared their success story from participating in PPL’s energy efficiency programs.
•         Citizen Publishing donated printing of Spanish-language posters.
•         Turkey Hill Dairies brought a 17-foot high-cow and donated ice cream cups.
•         Elks Lodge #200 brought a drug awareness trailer with lots of giveaways.
•         Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo brought baby animals.
•         Bimbo Bakeries, Quad Graphics and Hazlewood Apartments shared their success stories from participating in PPL’s energy efficiency programs.