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Residential Energy Management

The simplest way to reduce energy utility bills is to reduce usage. SOPEC strongly encourages customers to exercise energy conservation practices and to adopt energy efficiency technology when cost-effective. Below are the top five SOPEC residential energy management tips for reducing energy utility costs. Adopting these five practices and technologies will add up quick and will offer substantial savings throughout the year. Below these tips, additional information is provided on energy management practices, as well rebates and financing programs to make these energy efficiency strategies a reality.

Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug appliances that are not in use.  A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.

Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug appliances that are not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.

Turn your water heater down to 120°F.  The higher the temperature, the more energy will be needed to maintain that heat until you need it.

Turn your water heater down to 120°F. The higher the temperature, the more energy will be needed to maintain that heat until you need it.

Install LED light bulbs or LED strip lights in the areas where you use the most lighting.

Install LED light bulbs or LED strip lights in the areas where you use the most lighting.

Turn your thermostat 1°F toward the outside temperature compared to your normal setting.  For example, if you keep your indoor temperature in the winter months at 65 °F, turn it to 64 °F. If you keep your indoor temperature at 70°F in the summer months, turn it to 71°F. This 1°F change tip will save approximately 2% of annual electricity costs.

Turn your thermostat 1°F toward the outside temperature compared to your normal setting. For example, if you keep your indoor temperature in the winter months at 65 °F, turn it to 64 °F. If you keep your indoor temperature at 70°F in the summer months, turn it to 71°F. This 1°F change tip will save approximately 2% of annual electricity costs.

Wash clothes in cold water.   Up to 90% of the energy consumed in washing clothes is used to heat the water. There are many great detergents designed to work well in cold water.

Wash clothes in cold water.
Up to 90% of the energy consumed in washing clothes is used to heat the water. There are many great detergents designed to work well in cold water.

Has your home already adopted the top five SOPEC energy management tips? If so, SOPEC encourages you to explore additonal residential energy efficiency strategies and see how much you can save. For a complete review of residential energy management practices, review the EnergySavers guide below published by the U.S. Department of Energy.

And to identify additional energy efficiency strategies that are specific to your home, take a few minutes to complete the Home Energy Yardstick assessment at www.EnergyStar.gov.




Residential Energy Efficiency Financing

Interested in adopting energy efficiency strategies for your home? SOPEC provides helpful information below about rebate and low-interest lending options to help make energy efficiency a reality for all homeowners.

ECO-Link Program - Ohio Treasurer of State

The ECO-Link program allows approved banks to provide low-interest loans to homeowners for the following residential energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements:

  • Heat pumps and traditional furnaces/AC systems

  • Solar Panels

  • Geothermal heating/cooling systems

  • Small scale wind turbines

  • Programmable Thermostats

  • Windows/Doors

  • Insulation

The reduction of the interest rate is based on the loan’s interest rate set for each borrower by the bank. If the standard interest rate is above 5%, the reduction will be 3%. If the interest rate is 5% or less, the reduction will be 2.1%.

To learn more about the program or to apply for an ECO-Link home improvement loan, visit the link below.


Residential Rebate Program - AEP Ohio

The Residential Rebate program allows AEP Ohio residential utility customers to receive the following rebates direct from the utility company on qualifying purchases of ENERGY STAR certified appliances:

  • Clothes Washers: $40

  • Dehumidifiers: $25

  • Smart Thermostats: $25 (gas-heated homes) / $75 (electric heated homes)

  • VSD Pool Pumps: $350

  • Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters: $400

  • Air Source Heat Pumps*: $300

  • Mini-split Ductless Heat Pumps*: $300

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps*: $1,200

Rebates cannot exceed 50% of purchase price and are limited to one product type per year per household. For additional program rules or to apply for or check the status of a rebate, visit the program link below.


Appliance Recycling Program - AEP Ohio

The Appliance Recycling Program allows AEP Ohio residential utility customers to receive a $50 payment for allowing AEP Ohio to pick up and recycling an old, working refrigerator or freezer that meets the following conditions:

  • The refrigerator or freezer must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.

  • The refrigerator or freezer must be plugged in and working at the time of pickup.

  • The refrigerator or freezer must be empty, defrosted and disconnected from water lines prior to pickup crew's arrival.

  • An adult, 18 years of age or older, must be present to sign and release the unit at the time of the pickup.

  • This program is limited to two appliances (refrigerators and/or freezers) per customer per year.

Appliances must be accessible for the pick-up team to move, and will be recycled by the program in an environmentally-responsible manner. To learn more about the program or to schedule an appliance pickup, visit the program link below: