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AEP Ohio Encourages Customers to Prepare For High Temperatures This Week

July 25, 2023

GAHANNA, Ohio, July 25, 2023 — AEP Ohio is encouraging customers to get ahead of the heat wave forecasted across our service territory this week. Warmer weather can make air conditioners work overtime to combat the heat — causing energy usage and electric bills to increase. Summer storms can also happen with little warning, sometimes bringing damaging winds, rain and lightning — like many customers in central and southeast Ohio experienced last night.

To help customers prepare, AEP Ohio is sharing tips and reminders:

Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

  • Adjust your thermostat. One of the most effective ways to reduce cooling costs is to set the temperature a few degrees higher.
  • Close blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and the cool air inside. This helps reduce the temperature inside your home, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens and dryers. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them.
  • Use a ceiling fan to make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler. Be sure it’s rotating counterclockwise so it pushes cool air down.
  • Change the filter on your air conditioner. Clean filters can reduce energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.

Customers can find additional tips at AEPOhio.com/Savings and by checking their energy dashboard for personalized recommendations. If customers are experiencing financial hardship, they can visit AEPOhio.com/Assistance or call 1-800-672-2231 to learn more about payment assistance options.

Summer Storm Preparedness Reminders

  • Stay tuned to your local forecast to keep track of incoming storms and inclement weather.
  • Develop an emergency preparedness plan and emergency kit for you and your family. Also, contact family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or have a medical condition to ensure they have a plan — and don’t forget to include pets in your planning.
  • If you or someone you know uses life-supporting medical equipment, be sure to have a backup power source and an alternate plan in place in the event of a power outage.

Read here for more tips on being prepared before, during and after a storm.

Customers can also learn more about how AEP works with PJM, our regional transmission organization, to anticipate demand for electricity, monitor its flow and deliver power safely and reliably during the hottest months here.





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