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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!

UPDATED 10/20/16

Every three to six months scammers begin to make their rounds, frightening unsuspecting residents, and even businesses into believing their utilities will be disconnected if they don’t act now! You are encouraged to verify, verify, verify the source of these telephone calls. Please see the post below from July that explains Cleveland Public Power’s practices. Additionally, see John Funk’s article for information on other utilities.

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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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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Celebrating Heart Health

 

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Cleveland Public Power employees (l-r) Lamoyne Nettles, Shardena Perry and Tracy Zeiger proudly wear red in honor of the annual Go Red for Women! campaign. (Photo by City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

 

The City of Cleveland held its annual Go Red for Women celebration today in the City Hall Rotunda. As a regular tradition, staff from the various divisions and departments don red prior to the celebration and receive official photographs to commemorate the occasion. These ladies from our Customer Service and Account Service departments represented Cleveland Public Power this year!

Each year by bringing attention to the importance of heart health and providing information on how to live a healthier lifestyle the City of Cleveland continues its goal of creating a healthier workforce. At Cleveland Public Power we strive to improve our lives individually so that our customers can continue to count on us to provide quality service.

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Winterfest marks the beginning of Cleveland’s Holiday Season

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The City of Cleveland’s official Christmas Tree. Powered by Cleveland Public Power. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Last Saturday the City of Cleveland was a buzz of activity as residents and visitors converged on downtown streets for the annual Winterfest Celebration and in support of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

As a sponsor of Winterfest, Cleveland Public Power, and our utility partners – Cleveland Water and Water Pollution Control were in the midst of Playhouse Square activity leading up to the spectacular lighting and fireworks display.

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley flip the switch to light up Playhouse Square. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Walking down Euclid Avenue Saturday began to feel a bit nostalgic – there were thousands of people on both ends of the street checking out the Pop-Up shops on Playhouse Square as well as the shops in the 5th Street Arcade.

Euclid was not the only busy street, as activities were available in the Old Stone Church, Cleveland Public Library, and the restaurants on E. 4th Street were busy as well.

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Cleveland Public Power Deputy Commissioner Joy A. Perry was on hand for the lighting. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

If you didn’t make it downtown last week, why not start this Sunday afternoon in University Circle, with the Holiday CircleFest celebration and then head downtown to view the lights along Playhouse Square and Euclid Avenue.  During CircleFest, more than a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors free of charge and offer an afternoon of activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. Visitors can look forward to live performances from talented musicians, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, the city’s best gingerbread house competition, and much more.

The afternoon ends with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. The Museum describes this as, “A bright and innovative way to warm up your holiday season. Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.”

All in all, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays” in Cleveland!

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