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Mitchell’s Ice Cream Scoops the “Energy Ambassador Award”

 

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Mike Mitchell poses with CPP’s Bill Williams and Efficiency Smart’s Carl Andre. Photo Credit: Shelley M. Shockley

Mitchell’s Ice Cream received the “Energy Ambassador” award from Efficiency Smart in recognition of their extensive installation of energy efficient equipment resulting in major savings in their kilowatt hour usage.  That savings is pretty sweet, especially for business owners Mike and Pete Mitchell.

The Mitchell brothers are the local duo behind this thriving ice cream chain and we are pleased that they have chosen to make Cleveland Public Power their electric power provider and Ohio City the home of their production headquarters, their biggest location yet! In accepting the honor, Mike Mitchell expressed the team’s commitment to Cleveland and their business philosophy of leaving a better world for generations to come.  “We believe in Cleveland. It’s the only place we’ve ever called home. Our customers are our community; the life of Cleveland is our life. We buy from local suppliers, use local service professionals—from our carpenters to our accountant.”

Paying Homage to the previous occupant of this building, a sign in the Ice Cream Shop remembers the Rialto Theater.

Paying Homage to the previous occupant of this building, a sign in the Ice Cream Shop remembers the Rialto Theater.

 

 

Ivan Henderson, commissioner of Cleveland Public Power said of the honor, “Cleveland Public Power is pleased to once again have one of our customers receive the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award. This program has been a win-win for the utility and the customer. The opportunity to meet with an energy advisor during construction aided the Mitchell brothers in advancing their commitment to energy efficiency.”

The efficiencies are evident as you look throughout their store at 1867 W. 25th.  The store is equipped with LED lighting throughout, skylights, windows with a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) rated better than standard ENERGY STAR level, efficient refrigeration compressors and controls, LED light fixtures that are controlled by daylight sensors, high efficiency HVAC system and large commercial fans to allow the cooling temp set points to be increased.  The upfront commitment will add up to a savings of 182,200 annual kilowatt hour savings and an annual CO2 reduction of 341,300 pounds!  Not bad.

As a Cleveland Public Power customer, Mitchell’s was introduced to Efficiency Smart in an effort to offer their business cost saving efficiency measures that helped their bottom line.  The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes entities that have completed substantial energy efficiency projects. To be considered for the award, companies must be an electric customer of a utility that partners with Efficiency Smart and complete a project that results in significant energy savings for the community.

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Get a 4-Pack of CFL bulbs free!

Save $ when you like Efficiency Smart on Facebook.

Save $ when you like Efficiency Smart on Facebook.

Throughout the month of November, Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) partner Efficiency Smart will give customers of CPP a four pack of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for free if you “Like” Efficiency Smart’s Facebook page.

That’s all it takes and you can begin saving on your monthly electric bill. If you don’t believe me, just log on and hit the “Like” button, and then click on “Get Free CFLs “.

So just in time for Thanksgiving you can begin saving approximately $2 each month, which equals a total savings of $24 a year and $160 for the life of the bulb.

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Cleveland Public Power Customer Wins Prize for 1934 Refrigerator in Statewide Oldest Fridge Contest

Efficiency Smart Contest Highlights Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program

 

September 25, 2013 (COLUMBUS, OHIO) ––When Adolph Thomay’s refrigerator was made, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and gas cost just $0.10 per gallon. Thomay, a Cleveland Public Power customer, had the oldest refrigerator collected from the municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart. The statewide “Ohio’s Oldest Fridge” contest was sponsored by most of the state’s electricity providers as part of an effort to promote an appliance recycling energy efficiency initiative.

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Adolph Thomay was one of three Ohio winners of the “Oldest Fridge” contest.

At the statewide level, two 1930 refrigerators belonging to residents in Upper Arlington, near Columbus, and Middleburg Heights, also in the metro Cleveland area, tied for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Fridge. 

Thomay’s 1934 General Electric refrigerator was declared the oldest model collected from the 47 Ohio municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart. Thomay scheduled his old refrigerator for free pickup and recycling through Efficiency Smart’s appliance recycling initiative after learning about the contest and initiative through an Efficiency Smart mailing. Thomay will receive a $250 prize for owning the oldest refrigerator picked up in Efficiency Smart’s service area in addition to the standard $50 incentive that every customer receives for participating in the recycling initiative.

Thomay’s parents purchased the refrigerator secondhand in the 1950s, when they immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia. The refrigerator was later passed down to Adolph Thomay, who moved the refrigerator with him when he relocated to his house in Cleveland where the refrigerator was picked up for recycling.

“It was time to retire the fridge, make some money, and save on my electric bills,” said Thomay. “I appreciate the recycling program– especially what it offers senior citizens– and hope other people also take advantage of it.”

Thomay’s refrigerator was one of thousands of refrigerators and freezers picked up throughout Ohio during a joint effort between utilities to find the oldest functioning fridge in the state. In addition to uncovering the state’s oldest working refrigerators, the campaign succeeded in saving the state a significant amount of energy by removing these and many younger, but still outdated, appliances from the electric grid. 

Customers of Efficiency Smart’s participating municipal electric systems can save money by recycling older, inefficient appliances. To take advantage of the initiative, customers can call 855-695-5296 or visit www.efficiencysmart.org. Appliances recycled must be secondary units, in working order, and between 10 and 30 cubic feet.

Recycling refrigerators and freezers creates many benefits for utility customers and the environment. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers can use up to three times more energy to run than newer models built to higher energy-efficiency standards. By recycling a unit, participants can save as much as $150 a year through lower electricity costs by not operating an older refrigerator or freezer.

Units picked up through the initiative are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

Efficiency Smart’s services include rebates for energy-efficient residential products; free removal of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers from homes; and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficient products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers technical assistance, account management services, and customized financial incentives for large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio.

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CPP offers customers savings

Cleveland Public Power & Efficiency Smart are helping residential and business electric utility customers to save money and energy this fall by mailing them valuable money-saving coupons for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).These coupons will arrive in the mail this fall when

efficient lighting is needed most.

“We are getting into the season when lights need to be on longer due to days getting darker earlier, so we want to encourage utility customers to use CFLs instead of incandescent lighting,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “Lighting is 20 to 30% of a typical residential el

CPP customers, check your mailbox for these coupons!

ectric bill. You can save up to 67% of the cost to light your home by replacing all incandescent lights with CFLs.  It makes economic sense to switch out as many light bulbs that are less efficient as possible. The quality of CFLs has greatly improved over the past several years, and they can be used in a variety of places and ways, including indoor and outdoor flood lights, recessed cans and dimmable lighting locations.”

Customers of Cleveland Public Power will receive $26 of coupons that may be redeemed for at least 14 CFLs. By replacing 14 incandescent lights, customers can save up to $518 over the life of the bulbs. The coupons will be accepted at any store that has GE brand CFLs in stock and that accepts manufacturer coupons. A list of participating stores can be found in the home lighting section of the www.EfficiencySmart.org website. Utility customers can expect to receive the coupon mailing during the 1st or 2nd week of November. The offer will expire on December 31, 2011.

Efficiency Smart also provides a guide to help consumers choose the right light for the right location on their website www.efficiencysmart.org. To learn more about Efficiency Smart initiatives to help customers save money and energy, visit the website, or call Efficiency Smart customer support at 877-889-3777.

Efficiency Smart services include rebates for energy-efficient appliances and lighting, financial rebates and free removal of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers from homes, and rebates for over 70 energy-efficient products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers account management services and customized incentives for large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, OH.

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