Helping with Summer Heating Bills


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GAHANNA, June 29, 2018 – Running your air conditioner during the summer can mean higher electric bills. AEP Ohio, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), has a program to help customers avoid seasonal bill increases — the Average Monthly Payment (AMP) plan.

AEP Ohio’s AMP plan spreads electric costs out over the whole year by basing monthly payments on a rolling 12-month average. Each month, the oldest bill is removed from the average and the current month’s bill is added. The result is a payment that might go up or down a few dollars but will remain relatively stable each month. AMP does not include a “settle-up” month, unlike the company’s Budget plan, which does.

“Enrolling in AMP provides our customers more predictable payments, which makes monthly budgeting much easier,” said Katie Grayem, director of customer experience for AEP Ohio. “It’s also a great alternative for our Budget Plan customers who want to avoid large, annual settle-up payments.”

In addition to AMP, AEP Ohio offers a variety of energy efficiency programs to help customers save money and energy this summer, including a Home Energy Profile. This free, online service provides personalized recommendations based up a short survey about your home, appliances and energy use. When customers complete the profile, they receive a free energy efficiency kit by mail.

Here are a few tips to help you further reduce your electric usage and bill this summer:

  • Turn off lights, fans and electronics when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star LEDs.
  • Pull the plug on devices, like phone chargers, when not in use. They still consume energy, even when turned off. As a friendly reminder, unplugging your DVR/cable box might interrupt recordings of your favorite television shows and result in a full system reboot.
  • Use smart power strips for electronics likes computers and televisions. They can sense when a device is turned off or not being used and will shut off the power automatically.
  • Close window blinds to prevent the sun from increasing indoor temperatures.
  • Keep the thermostat to a minimum of 78 degrees while circulating cool air with box and ceiling fans.
  • Caulk, weather-strip and insulate windows and doors wherever air leaks are found.
  • Replace air conditioner filters. Clean filters can lower air conditioner energy consumption up to 15 percent.

AEP Ohio customers can enroll in AMP by calling the company’s 24-hour Customer Solutions Center at 800-672-2231 or by logging into their account and updating their billing preferences.

AMP is only applicable to AEP Ohio charges. If you participate in Ohio Choice and want to enroll in a budget plan for generation charges, contact your generation provider.

For more information and ways to save, visit AEPOhio.com/AMP.

About AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio delivers electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of AEP’s subsidiary Ohio Power Co. in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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Information for this story was provided by AEP Ohio.

Information for this story was provided by AEP Ohio.