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Control your electric usage with MyCPP

In April, Cleveland Public Power launched a new online platform to further engage and educate its customers on electricity and energy usage. As cooler temperatures approach and we begin to think about ways to save for the upcoming holidays, CPP invites you to utilize MyCPP to help you.

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Log on today by visiting http://www.mycpp.org or visit our website at http://www.cpp.org and click on the MyCPP link to begin your journey into responsible electric use.

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.

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 login often and earn more points.

Click the MyCPP link to enroll today!

The first time you login 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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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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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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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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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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Efficiency and safety tips: Don’t let holiday cheer get in the way of safety

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Follow these tips for a safe, efficient holiday

Twinkling lights are a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays, but keep in mind they are electric devices that must be used with proper planning and care. Following these tips will help make sure you and your family have a safe holiday season.

Before You Decorate

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Poinsettias always brighten the home during the holidays. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Before you plug in the lights you stored after last year’s holiday season, carefully inspect and discard any light strings that are damaged. A frayed or cracked electrical cord, or broken or empty socket, is a fire hazard.

If you need new lights, purchase only those that have been tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL. Consider energy-efficient LED lights for replacements. They may cost more to buy than incandescent holiday lights, but you will earn back that investment and more. LED lighting consumes about one-tenth the energy of conventional incandescent lights and lasts several years longer.

Be sure the lighting sets and extension cords you’re planning to use for outdoors are rated for exterior use and certified for safety. That will be noted on the cords and the packaging. Because you should never plug more than two extension cords together, buy cords in the lengths you need and make sure they can handle the lighting wattage.

As You Decorate

If you have a metallic Christmas tree, do not attach electric lighting to it. Defective lights can cause the tree to become an electrically charged hazard.

Check the general limit on the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting multiple strings of lights. More strands can be connected by using stacking light strings instead of end-to-end. Don’t overload an outlet circuit by plugging too many lights into an extension cord. If the wiring overheats, it can cause a fire. Spread the load over several circuits or consider using less lighting.

To avoid creating a tripping hazard, place extension cords against a wall, but do not run them under rugs. Connect only light strands that are the same wattage. Mixing wattages can cause power surges and shorten the life of the bulbs.

Use replacement bulbs that are of the correct voltage and type for a specific light strand. Never remove a burned-out bulb and leave an open socket.

When hanging lights outside, remember to use only UL-approved hangers such as plastic gutter clips. Nails or staples can create a fire hazard if they cut through the wire insulation. Always take caution when using ladders or accessing roofs to hang lights. Be mindful of overhead power lines.

Use properly rated timers to turn your indoor and outdoor lighting on and off for you. Timers will help you save energy and money, plus ensure that your lighting is turned off at bedtime for your family’s safety.

Plug outdoor lighting into circuits protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or a portable GFCI. Portable GFCIs are available at prices starting at less than $20 at stores where electrical supplies are sold.

When the Season is Over

After the holiday, store the lights safely by coiling each string loosely around a stiff piece of cardboard. Then wrap it in fabric or paper to protect the bulbs and store in a sturdy container. You can also buy modestly priced lighting storage bags that contain rigid plastic spools for storing coiled lights.

These tips are brought to you from our partners at American Municipal Power (AMP).

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Beware of “Phantom Energy” and “Vampire Power”

Beware of "Vampire Power"

Beware of “Vampire Power”

Just in time for Halloween, we thought we’d share with you ways in which you can eliminate the “fright” when viewing your monthly power bill?

Who knew that power could be so spooky!  I love the term “phantom energy” but I think “vampire power” is more appropriate because vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pocket.  These are just a couple terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, 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.
  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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