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CPP seeks to engage with customers

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Today Cleveland Public Power launches a new online platform to further engage and educate its customers on electricity and energy usage.

MyCPP is an online platform, accessible by a web browser on your computer, tablet or phone, where you can get information about your CPP account online and interact directly with CPP.  You can also earn points and rewards on the site and learn how energy is used in your home.

 

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This is the opening screen, where all of the fun begins. To engage, earn points and learn about your electric usage visit http://www.cpp.org, and click on the link.

 

MyCPP lets you access your account in a dynamic and online environment, charting your energy use over time and inviting you to answer questions so you can learn how to be smart about energy use.  You will earn points and rewards each time you visit.  From MyCPP you are able to access the online bill payment feature and you can earn points for timely bill payment.  The more you visit, the more you learn about how to make the most of your CPP account.

CPP wants you to have the tools you need to use energy in a smart way.  Points and incentives are given to individuals who answer questions on the site, pay their bill on time, visit CPP at community events and who post positive messages about CPP on social media.  All of your points and badges are tracked through MyCPP, so log in often and earn more points.

Click the MyCPP link to enroll today!

The first time you log in you will have to create an account with MyCPP.  You will need an email address and your account number, which is located on your bill.

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

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Not the Thanksgiving turkey you were expecting.

By Melissa Medina

Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving Day turkey, as opposed to baking it the traditional way!  Although fried turkeys are absolutely delicious, they pose a slew of safety concerns.  Thousands of fires, deaths, and injuries occur each year due to turkey fryer fires… so here are five helpful safety tips with what you need to know before setting up your fryer.

  1. Keeping Clevelanders Safe! Never fry a turkey indoors, and make sure that you set up your fryer at least 10 feet away from your home.  Do not cook your turkey on your back deck – cooking oil is combustible and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.  Keep all children and pets away.  Be sure to never leave it unattended.
  2. Even Stevens in Cleveland! Make sure your fryer is on level ground; this will ensure that the oil level is being gauged accurately and that the oil is steady.
  3. No jive turkeys! Make sure that your turkey is between 10 and 15 pounds because larger birds are more likely to burn on the outside before the inside is fully cooked. Also, be sure that your turkey is completely thawed and dry; this will prevent the oil from bubbling furiously and spilling over.
  4. How about this Cleveland weather! We all know that Thanksgivings in Cleveland can vary from warm and sunny, to brutally cold and snowy…  therefore, please be cognizant of the weather before planning to fry your turkey outdoors because if rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can lead to property damage and/or serious injury.
  5. Cleveland Fire Department to the rescue! Be proactive as opposed to reactive; therefore, test your cooking equipment in advance to ensure it is functioning properly.  Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times in the event the oil ignites. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
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Keep our tips in mind, and you’ll find this delicious bird on your table without any safety incidents.

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Spooky Electricity – “Phantom Energy” and “Voltage Vampires”?

Just as the vampire sucks your blood, machines are sucking the energy out of your house when appliances are turned off. (Photo courtesy of zdnet.com)

Just as the vampire sucks your blood, machines are sucking the energy out of your house when appliances are turned off. (Photo courtesy of zdnet.com)

As we all prepare to celebrate Halloween, we thought we’d bring  you some tips to save energy in your homes!

Who knew that power could be so spooky?  I love the term “phantom energy” but I personally feel that the term “vampire power” is more appropriate because just as a vampire loves to suck your blood, vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pockets.

These are just a couple of the terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, cell phone chargers, cable box, coffee maker, computers, etc., because these devices are created with little light bulbs, sensors, or other features that keep working as long as the device is plugged in.

You may think that the amount of electricity that gets used up in these situations is too small to worry about, but it does add up.  Let’s try to minimize these voltage vampires and phantom power loads by following these tips:

How to put a stake through the heart of these energy thieves:

  1. Pull out individual plugs where possible… for example – unplug your cell phone charger or toaster when you aren’t using it.
  2. In areas near computers and home entertainment equipment with lots of components, plug everything into one power strip – just make certain you get one with surge protection, and when you’re done for the night or weekend, flip off the illuminated switch.

Slaying voltage vampires in your home is a good way to save a few dollars on your electric bill, and it also helps cut down on everyday emissions lessening your carbon footprint.  It’s a little bit of extra work, but every little bit helps and Mother Earth will thank you.

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CPP hosts Solar Sprint during Public Power Week Open House, today!

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CPP staffers are blowing up balloons in preparation

CPP staffers are blowing up balloons; City of Cleveland staffers are raising tents and vehicles are being placed in preparation for today’s activities

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) Public Power Week celebrations will culminate on Saturday, October 10th with the 2nd Annual Solar Sprint, a solar-powered car race for students in grades 3-8.  The CPP Solar Sprint engages youth in grades three through eight in the design and construction of a model solar car, which they will then use to compete in timed races during the Public Power Week Open House.  The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is represented well in the competition, fielding teams from Charles Mooney, Clara Westropp, Campus International and Wade Park. Additional teams competing include the Broadway Boys & Girls Club and Metro Catholic School.

“I am pleased to see the growth in this event. We have successfully doubled the number of teams participating and to see that we are impacting the lives of our students through this fun and educational project speaks to our mission here at CPP,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner, Ivan Henderson.

CPP is pleased to have WKYC-TV 3 Weekend Anchor Marcus Walter and WZAK 93.1 On-Air Personality Haz Matthews serving as judges in the Solar Sprint.

WHAT:       Cleveland Public Power Open House 

WHEN:       Saturday, October 10, 2015,  1-5 p.m.

WHERE:    Cleveland Public Power Administrative Offices (Parking Lot), 1300 Lakeside Avenue

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It’s time to race! Rev up your engines for CPP’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

We’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!

In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint last fall and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others.

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Contestants await the signal to start their cars. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $24*, containing all of the basic necessities i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however the bulk of the car is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 10 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!

For more information call CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.

*The $24 fee will be refunded on race day.

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Join Cleveland Public Power at EarthFest 2015 this Sunday!

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The Earth Day Coalition presents EarthFest 2015 this Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. For more than ten years Cleveland Public Power has supported this great event as a means of further educate residents and customers on the advantages of incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives.

This year, in partnership with Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, EarthFest, will celebrate the “Year of Clean Water.”

EarthFest will feature 270 exhibits in 10 sustainability exhibit areas including: Clean Water, Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden.

Families will enjoy all day entertainment at EarthFest with eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, all day music, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks and much more.

The forecasters are predicting great weather, so come out and visit the CPP booth in the Energy Museum (Building 20), and the first 10 people to mention this post will take home a special prize! Please note, only one prize per family will be given.

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CPP Solar Sprint is the highlight of Public Power Week Open House

 

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Crowd gathers for CPP’s Annual Public Power Week Open House. (Photo by City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Each year CPP’s marketing staff asks, “How can we make your local power company sexy, exciting and appealing to the public?” This year, we think we hit the mark and can unequivocally say, “The 2014 Public Power Week Open House was a success!”

Our goal when planning the event is to engage and educate the community and the addition of the CPP Solar Sprint seems to be just the spark we needed.  Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager explained, “Each year we have a pretty good event where our employees bring their families out and showcase their workplace, but we want to engage the entire community, especially CPP customers. This year we had at least one hundred new visitors if not more, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The CPP Solar Sprint is a solar powered car race for students in grades three through eight. Each team is provided with a model kit which they design and engineer to compete in timed trials. Teams were judged on design and overall best time.

Charles A. Mooney Science Teacher Tina Kovach spoke of the rewarding experience for her and her students, “the CPP Solar Sprint not only gave my students the opportunity to design and engineer, and it empowered them to move beyond traditional learning without fear of doing something the `wrong way.'”

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Twelve diverse teams entered the competition; from home-schooled to parochial students as well as children from the Westside Boys & Girls Club and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority youth groups.

Parent Shivankari Sanjeevan, sent us this message after the event, “My son and his friends enjoyed the competition immensely. It was good to see them spend time working on this solar car, learning new things and working as a team instead of spending their time together on Minecraft and other video games. Not one word was mentioned about a video game the past two weeks!!!”

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to the Solar Sprint we also hosted our usual set up which bucket truck rides, a cable pulling station which taught the kids how to operate our heavy duty equipment, face painting, the kids were able to paint their very own light switch plates for their homes, and tons of free pictures were taken.  We also hosted our annual Corn Hole Competition in which Water Pollution Control enjoys entering and taking home the grand prize every year.

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Despite the chilly temperature, this outdoor event was by far the most successful one yet.  The Open House was moved to the downtown administrative offices building in which contributed to this year’s success. Passersby stopped to see what all of the excitement was about. At one point in the day we boasted approximately two hundred people in attendance having a good time in our parking lot.

 

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