— You’d think it would be simple, but choosing a light bulb can be challenging because there are so many options at the store. This week, Efficiency Maine is providing information on how to choose a bulb and calculate lighting savings if you upgrade to a high-efficiency product. The most common types of bulbs include incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescents (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Here’s how the most common types of bulbs compare: Choosing the right color or bulb color temperature is …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— With winter here we’re all thinking about being warm and comfortable in our homes and how we might save on energy costs. It’s easy to get started with improving the efficiency and comfort of your home and Efficiency Maine can help you take the first step towards energy savings with rebates, financing, finding a contractor, and more. Homeowners across the state are making their homes more comfortable by buttoning up with professional air sealing. Get a $400 incentive for air …

— Please go to Age-Friendly Maine and ‘like’ us! Did you know that Maine is the oldest state? And that our median age is 43 years old? At AARP Maine, we see opportunities in this data. In Maine, the Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. Well-designed, livable communities …

— Founded in New York City in 1978, SAGE, which stands for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, is the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. While the organization is still based in New York, it now has local and statewide affiliates throughout the country, including Maine. In Hancock recently, WLBZ interviewed Doug Kimmel, Ph.D., a co-founder of the national SAGE organization who now serves as executive director of …

— AARP serves as an official supporter for the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 28. Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that marks a day to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods around the country. It drives shoppers to local, independently owned merchants. It falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is meant to complement the well-established “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” during the same time …

— As we get older, we can fall into traps. Traps in certain ways of thinking. Traps in a particular habits we have become unaccustomed to. Most importantly, traps in how we view ourselves and the world around us. Sometimes, it takes a little imagination, and a lot of effort, to redefine those views and those ways of thinking. That’s the idea behind Life Reimagined: refining our purpose in a new way, be it through the arts, relationships, a new career …

— It’s not everyday a small non-profit wins a film award but we’ve been lucky enough to win two of them! Recently, The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) honored our short film, “With Friends Like These,” with two 2015 Communicator Awards! We’re excited to say that the film won Silver for “Online Documentary” and “Online Video – Activism.” You can view the film, directed by award-winning filmmaker, John Martin, below. Last summer a few of us headed up to Aroostook County …

— A new short film, With Friends Like These, spotlights the extraordinary story of a volunteer effort led by retired businessman Dale Flewelling to feed the hungry in Aroostook and Washington counties. AARP Maine produced the film in hopes of spurring similar efforts statewide. The story details a community program, Friends of Aroostook, that has harvested and distributed 120,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce to the region’s poorest communities to mitigate senior hunger. “People on fixed incomes often must make …

—   ID Thieves Embrace New High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect Their Identities   New report reveals consumers are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital   PORTLAND: A new nationwide survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes.  But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans …