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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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Keeping Warm, while saving energy

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This weekends weather will not match the polar vortex we experienced two years ago and pictured here. But it might feel that way after the mild winter we have been experiencing. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

This winter has been rather mild, but over the next several days unseasonable highs will quickly transform into typical northeast Ohio January lows.

As you plan for the days ahead we thought this would be a good time to share some basic safety principles and energy saving tips.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers the following tips to keep you safe as you begin bringing out heaters:

  • Keep all furniture, draperies, and other household objects, at least, three feet from the in-wall fan heaters and 12 inches from baseboard heaters. Keep portable space heaters, at least, three feet way from all flammable materials.
  • Plug portable space heaters directly into the outlet; do not use an extension cord.
  • If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone from inadvertently turning it back on.

Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces can be romantic and cozy yet they can be extremely hazardous if you do not exercise proper caution.  The most important step is to be certain that your fireplace was constructed for actual use, not just for decoration.  If installing a factory-made fireplace, make sure that you have adequate heat barriers and you aren’t putting it near anything combustible.

If you plan on using your fireplace regularly, you should have your chimney cleaned annually, and ensure that it is clear of leaves, pine needles and any other debris.  You should never use flammable liquids to ignite a fire, nor burn any cardboard, trash or debris in your fireplace.  Always use a screen around the fireplace to keep sparks from flying out.  Never leave your fire unattended, and be certain the flames are completely out before retiring for the night or whenever leaving the house.  Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and place smoke alarms on every level of your home.  By following these handy tips you should be able to enjoy a warm cozy winter in front of your fireplace, and save on your heating bill.

Energy Saving Tips:

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN

Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS

Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.

Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.

ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE

When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your   temperature. Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings.

FIND AND SEAL LEAKS

Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.

Find out how to detect air leaks. Learn more about air sealing new and existing homes. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk. Learn how to select and apply weatherstripping.

MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS

Schedule service for your heating system.

Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.

Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed. Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler.

Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.

Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.

 FOR THE FIREPLACE

  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly–approximately 1 inch–and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.

 

 

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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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Summer in CLE – It’s heating up!

Summer in Cleveland is a time to get out and shake off the blues left after a long and cold winter. This summer has been a busy time with FREE outdoor concerts just about every evening along with community festivals every weekend. There’s never a dull moment!

So what are you planning for this weekend? Cleveland Public Power is gearing up to share tips on energy efficiency at the annual Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island. According to the Burning River Foundation this event is  “Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, educational exhibits, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™! ” If you’re coming down stop by and check out our Energy Bike.

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This is the board from our Energy Bike, designed by the Ohio Energy project.

If Whiskey Island and environmental concerns are not for you, check us out at Family Unity in the Park, the annual festival, concert and fireworks show at Luke Easter Park. Stop by CPP’s booth and spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win CPP swag, and see how much you know about energy efficiency and conservation!

We hope to see you enjoying summer in CLE!

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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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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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CPP customer to receive Energy Efficiency Award

Famicos Foundation to be Honored with

Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award

September 16, 2013 (CLEVELAND, OHIO) Famicos Foundation will receive Efficiency Smart’s Ambassador of Efficiency Award on Wednesday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at its University Tower apartment building, located at 1575 East Boulevard. The award will be presented to Famicos Foundation in recognition of its commitment and innovation in reducing energy use, which was demonstrated by its successful implementation of energy-efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) measures.

Members of the media are invited to attend this award presentation. Details follow:

Date:               Wednesday, September 18, 2013              

Time:                  10 a.m.

Location:         1575 East Boulevard in Cleveland (University Tower apartment building)

Participants: Ivan Henderson, Commissioner, Cleveland Public Power

John Anoliefo, Executive Director, Famicos Foundation

Michael Bier, Project Manager, Famicos Foundation

Carl Andre, Director of Business Development, Efficiency Smart

“We congratulate the Famicos Foundation for receiving the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award, said Ivan Henderson, Cleveland Public Power Commissioner. “Cleveland Public Power’s mission is to provide reliable and affordable energy services to our customers, and through our partnership with Efficiency Smart, we were able to assist The Famicos Foundation further its commitment to provide affordable housing to Cleveland residents. Collaborations are important as we work to reduce the City of Cleveland’s carbon footprint.”

As a result of the project, Famicos Foundation is expected to save 799 mega-watt hours (MWh) of energy annually, $65,200 annually, and $914,000 over the lifetime of the installed measures. Additionally, the net project cost was reduced by $32,000 with incentives from Efficiency Smart.

Famicos Foundation worked with an Efficiency Smart energy consultant and account manager for technical project assistance and to verify savings potential. These resources were made possible through a partnership between Efficiency Smart and Cleveland Public Power, designed to save its electric customers money through energy efficiency.

“Rehabilitating historic properties is a large part of Famicos Foundation’s mission,” said Michael Bier, Project Manager for Famicos Foundation. “Efficiency Smart has helped Famicos to incorporate the latest electrical technology into several century-old properties, making them as energy-efficient as new construction. Technology such as LED lighting, motion-controlled lighting and high-efficiency HVAC can add a large expense to a historic rehabilitation, but Efficiency Smart helps us absorb the up-front cost, allowing significant energy savings throughout the years of building operations.  Although thorough and precise with its requirements, the Efficiency Smart program is highly streamlined, with minimal paperwork and very quick turn-around by program staff, it could not be easier to use. Famicos has partnered with Efficiency Smart at three historic rehabilitations, ultimately reducing energy costs by thousands of dollars. Famicos Foundation is grateful for the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award.”

“We are delighted to recognize Famicos Foundation in Cleveland for making energy-efficient upgrades,” said Kristyn Wilder, executive director of Efficiency Smart. “The project showcases its strong vision and commitment to reducing energy use and saving money today and into the future.”

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.

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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