HEAP offers help for elderly residents

 

Large air conditionerCleveland has experienced a milder than normal winter, and the summer has come in blazing. Over the last month, we experienced several days where the temperature reached into the nineties. With higher temperatures, there is an increase in the use of air conditioners and fans.

Higher energy usage equates to higher bills. The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program may be the answer to alleviating some of the stress associated with higher bills for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

The agency’s literature states, “The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Cuyahoga County residents assistance paying an electric bill, window a/c units or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs through August 31st.

To apply for assistance, call (216) 518-4014 to schedule an appointment.  The program operates weekdays beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center located at 1849 Prospect Ave., across the street from the Wolstein Center. Please verify your eligibility by visiting http://www.ceogc.org/energy-assistnance/.

To apply for emergency assistance, a resident must have the most recent bills for gas and electric utilities, photo identification, Social Security numbers for all household members and verification of all income for all household over the age of eighteen for the previous twelve months. For those households who have no income, an IRS Tx Transcript is required. Renters living in multi-unit dwellings may be required to provide their landlord’s name and contact information.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.

Health issues can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Eligible Cleveland Public Power customers can receive up to $500. Assistance is applied to a utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program visit ceogc.org.

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The heat is on, in the Cleveland!

The heat is on in Cleveland! Here are seven tips to keep you cool, and save money!

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Flashback Friday: The Republican National Convention of 1936

It’s been eighty years since Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, and it appears things in the world of politics haven’t changed much.  Back in 1936 the main contenders squaring off for debate were Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, and the incumbent at the time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The location was Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The city was the 6th largest in the U.S., boasting a population of 900,000 Clevelanders, and this convention drew thousands of delegates to Cleveland.

The RNC took place during the Great Depression, so the debates were extremely heated, especially considering that more than fifty percent of industrial workers in Cleveland had recently lost their jobs.

The hot topic at the time was Social Security; and although Governor Landon had the support of track star Jesse Owens, a Cleveland native, and former President Herbert Hoover, he still lost the republican vote by a landslide to President Roosevelt.

Well, things really have changed. Cleveland’s population is about half of what it was then, and while we don’t know the role Cleveland Public Power played in 1936 we are well aware of the hard work the men and women of this public utility have put into shining a bright light on Cleveland today.

Today, all of the city’s street lights from Public Square to Kamms Corner are maintained by CPP, so our crews have been working to ensure the visitors encounter well-lit streets. Additionally, the utility has been instrumental in providing the infrastructure and power to many of the city’s new buildings.

CPP welcomes the delegates and all visitors to our fine city!

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Electric Utility scams are back, be aware – know what not to do!

 

canstockphoto8593688Utility scammers are at it again! Cleveland Public Power customers have recently been contacted with the threat of disconnection of their electric service if they did not call a toll-free number and make a payment using reloadable Debit Cards, and then reporting the card number to the caller.

Unfortunately, they were successful in duping one customer. The customer became suspicious when they received another call a day later saying they had to pay another large sum. The second call prompted the customer to call CPP for verification.

Customers are advised to dismiss calls of this nature and to call our offices immediately to report the telephone calls.

“This scam is targeting both residential and commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Notices about this illegal activity have been posted on CPP’s website as well as on its social media sites.

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Wednesday in CLE, equals WOW!

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CPP Sales Manager Kimberly Smith-Woodford converses with customers at WOW. (SMS Photography)

One of the city of Cleveland’s largest outdoor parties begins every Wednesday from mid-June through late-August in University Circle’s Wade Oval. Wade Oval Wednesday’s, now affectionately known as “WOW” brings out city residents as well as suburban commuters enjoying an evening of music and family-friendly fun for free!

Cleveland Public Power is pleased to be a sponsor of this event and invites you to stop by our booth and talk with us about your electric needs. We will also share information on energy efficiency and how we are working to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to the residents and businesses of Cleveland!

The party starts at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.; we hope to see you on the Oval!

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If it’s Wednesday, there’s a party on Wade Oval. Attendees dance, hula hoop and just have a good time. (SMS Photography)

 

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Beat the heat with a Scoop!

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Mitchell’s Ice Cream has a wonderful location in the heart of Ohio City. (Photo by SM Shockley)

Celebrate “National Ice Cream Month” at Mitchell’s Ohio City shop

The heat index is high in Cleveland today, so why not cool off with a scoop of Mitchell’s Ice Cream?

Mitchell’s opened their production headquarters in Ohio City in 2014, and they have been a “sweet” addition to Cleveland Public Power’s growing customer base.

CPP was pleased to present Mitchell’s with the “Energy Ambassador” award from our former partner – Efficiency Smart in recognition of their extensive installation of energy efficient equipment resulting in major savings in their kilowatt hour usage.  The savings is pretty sweet, especially for business owners Mike and Pete Mitchell.

So not only are the Mitchell brothers, Mike and Pete, committed to Cleveland, they are also aware of the savings afforded to businesses and residents when utilizing energy saving tools.

So as you seek to beat the heat this evening, stop by Mitchell’s and grab a scoop or two!

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Happy Independence Day!

Fireworks Safety Tips

We all enjoy the 4th of July because most of us plan cookouts with family and friends, and we like to end our night typically by either watfireworks4-0336ching Fireworks shows somewhere or setting off our own fireworks because somehow Fireworks have become synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day.  However, the thrill of fireworks can also lead to serious injuries.  Here are some important safety tips to consider when using fireworks:

  • Make certain the fireworks you would like to set off are legal in the City of Cleveland before making your purchase.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged
    in brown paper because this is often a sign that fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could potentially pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Parents must keep in mind that young children suffer injuries from sparklers because they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. (These are temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.)
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device while attempting to ignite the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited upon your first attempt.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning period, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it in order to prevent a trash fire.

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