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Commit to Energy Efficiency in 2015

by on January 9, 2015

A new year means a new you, right?

new years resolutionMost people promise themselves that they will start eating healthier, or that they will actually use the gym membership they’ve been paying for. Here at AEP Ohio, we want to challenge you to make a commitment that you’ll want to see through because it saves you money. Follow these three small steps to commit to energy efficiency in 2015.

1.  Power down and unplug

Ever get into the habit of keeping the coffee pot plugged in after you leave for work? Or what about keeping your computer on all day, even when you aren’t using it? One quick and easy way to cut back on energy and ultimately save money is by turning off and unplugging appliances and other items that you are not using. According to Energy.gov, leaving a computer on all day can cost 21 cents per day, which totals over $75/year.

Bonus: Challenge yourself to turn off all the lights before you leave and unplug any items that do not need to stay plugged in. For every day that you accomplish it, set aside a dollar and at the end of the year reward yourself with a gift.

2.  Schedule an In-home Energy Assessment

You know all those things you said you were going to do in 2014, but never got around to? Now is the perfect time to get an in-home energy assessment. During the assessment, a certified energy auditor will install several free energy-saving items that will provide immediate energy savings once in place. Plus, the auditor will provide you with recommendations on improvements to make your home more comfortable and efficient.

3.  Give yourself the gift of a new energy-efficient appliance.

What better way to start off the New Year than with a gift to yourself that will save you money? When buying a new appliance, first make sure to check out the energy guide label on the appliance. By reviewing the label, you can get an idea of what your new appliance will cost you per year in operating costs and electricity use. You can also check out our previous blog post about how to choose the best energy efficient appliances.

As with any New Year’s resolution, start by slowly changing your habits. For example, if you like to fall asleep with the TV on try to only leave it on for three nights of the week, rather than all five. Also, if you slip up it’s okay you can try again. Make sure to set your goals clearly and take small steps to reach them.

For more ways to save, check out AEPOhio.com/WasteLess.

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4 Comments
  1. mark waibel sr 740-409-5185 permalink

    i have call about my bill ///last month 600.00plus an now it 924.00 plus just got a run anound. i re place most of lamp to l.e.d. change my cool are duck on funacure toface other room and new vent to get it away from my back door i can,t figter it out have an new washer a dryer ref last year energy aep said thert can sell it to me for less why an how i got off from them can you replace my meter or ck on this the bill at they end.going to killme to setter up i would like to stay with a.e.p

    • dfaywhite permalink

      Mark Waibel: Please send an email outlining your concerns to help@AEP.com and put the initials SP in the subject line. I’m also forwarding your email to our customer service department for follow up. There are many factors that can affect your bills, and everyone’s situation can be different. I would like to have a customer service representative go over your bill and see if we can help. Thanks for bringing your concern to my attention.

  2. Celestine Mayfield permalink

    My name is celestine and i w ant to know what my bill is so high every month i need some one to look in to this i dont have money like that 323.oo a month that’s to much i need help with this problem.

    • dfaywhite permalink

      Celestine Mayfield: There are many factors that can affect your bills, and everyone’s situation can be different. I would like to have a customer service representative go over your bill and see if we can help. Please send an email outlining your concerns to help@AEP.com and put the initials SP in the subject line. I’m also forwarding your email to our customer service department for follow up. Thanks for bringing your concern to my attention.

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