Technical Consumer Products (TCP) Inc., Aurora, Ohio, donated 5,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to New Orleans residents impacted by last year's devastating hurricane season.

“Seeing the destruction to the New Orleans area from Hurricane Katrina had a profound impact on many of us in other regions of the country,” said Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP Inc. “Through this small gesture, TCP offers its support to those affected by Katrina in addition to providing them with a viable way to help save both electricity costs and energy in the future.”

The first 5,000 people attending the “Hands-On Hurricane Preparedness” event in New Orleans in July received a CFL courtesy of TCP. The CFLs use less than three-fourths the energy of standard incandescent light bulbs and produce the same quality of light.

Over the last five years, there has been a steady increase in CFL sales and a significant increase in the general public's awareness of energy-efficient lighting. This will continue to grow as gas prices rise and consumers look for new, creative ways to save money. Replacing five incandescent light bulbs with CFLs in a home can help lower utility costs by more than $60 a year.

TCP manufactures a wide range of lamp options for commercial, industrial and residential applications. For more information, visit www.tcpi.comor call (800) 324-1496.