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AEP OHIO CUSTOMERS GEAR UP FOR SPRING CLEANING

March 27, 2012

GAHANNA, OH – March 27, 2012 - Spring cleaning means more than just cleaning out closets and vacuuming under furniture — it’s time to recycle that old refrigerator or freezer, and AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), makes it easy with a $50 rebate offer for its customers who schedule to have their old appliance picked up and hauled away for recycling. 

            AEP Ohio provides its current residential customers an easy and simple alternative to wasting energy and money by keeping their old fridges or freezers running. What’s more, customers who part ways with these old appliances can save up to $150 a year in energy costs as a result of lower electricity usage.            Typically, refrigerators or freezers kept in basements and garages are outdated units. They waste so much electricity that the convenience of chilling extra leftovers or beverages can come at a steep price. Older units, especially those manufactured before 1994, can use three times more electricity than newer models built to higher energy-efficiency standa

            “Using an old fridge or freezer comes with a higher cost than most people realize,” said Jon Williams, AEP Ohio manager of energy efficiency and peak demand response. “Getting rid of that old appliance gives customers a great head start in freeing up space and saving money with the added bonus of receiving a $50 cash-back check from us.”

            To schedule a FREE in-home appliance pick up, AEP Ohio customers can call 1-877-545-4112, or visit AEPOhio.com. Refrigerators and freezers to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more. Throw in an old room air conditioner to your pick up, and we’ll recycle it as well.

            The old units are sent to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental, a national provider of appliance recycling services. JACO converts the old units into recyclable materials while safely removing toxins such as mercury and oils that poison the environment. The process reduces each refrigerator or freezer into 95 percent of materials such as metals and plastics that are returned to the manufacturing stream. Even foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity, returning to the grid some of the energy the old appliances wasted over the years.

            “Having an older fridge or freezer picked up for recycling is an easy way to make money, reduce monthly expenses, and do your part to protect the environment all in one easy step,” said Michael Dunham, director of energy and environmental programs for JACO Environmental.

            The AEP Ohio Appliance Recycling Program is one of several energy efficiency programs offered to help its residential and commercial electric customers use less energy, save money on their bills and protect the environment. 

            Investor-owned utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The energy efficiency programs are part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the State of Ohio target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025. For more information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, go to AEPOhio.com

              

 

$50 Reward for Refrigerator Recycling
 

$50 Reward for Refrigerator Recycling
 

GAHANNA, OH – March 27, 2012 - Spring cleaning means more than just cleaning out closets and vacuuming under furniture — it’s time to recycle that old refrigerator or freezer, and AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), makes it easy with a $50 rebate offer for its customers who schedule to have their old appliance picked up and hauled away for recycling. 

            AEP Ohio provides its current residential customers an easy and simple alternative to wasting energy and money by keeping their old fridges or freezers running. What’s more, customers who part ways with these old appliances can save up to $150 a year in energy costs as a result of lower electricity usage.

            Typically, refrigerators or freezers kept in basements and garages are outdated units. They waste so much electricity that the convenience of chilling extra leftovers or beverages can come at a steep price. Older units, especially those manufactured before 1994, can use three times more electricity than newer models built to higher energy-efficiency standards.

            “Using an old fridge or freezer comes with a higher cost than most people realize,” said Jon Williams, AEP Ohio manager of energy efficiency and peak demand response. “Getting rid of that old appliance gives customers a great head start in freeing up space and saving money with the added bonus of receiving a $50 cash-back check from us.”

            To schedule a FREE in-home appliance pick up, AEP Ohio customers can call 1-877-545-4112, or visit AEPOhio.com. Refrigerators and freezers to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more. Throw in an old room air conditioner to your pick up, and we’ll recycle it as well.

            The old units are sent to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental, a national provider of appliance recycling services. JACO converts the old units into recyclable materials while safely removing toxins such as mercury and oils that poison the environment. The process reduces each refrigerator or freezer into 95 percent of materials such as metals and plastics that are returned to the manufacturing stream. Even foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity, returning to the grid some of the energy the old appliances wasted over the years.

            “Having an older fridge or freezer picked up for recycling is an easy way to make money, reduce monthly expenses, and do your part to protect the environment all in one easy step,” said Michael Dunham, director of energy and environmental programs for JACO Environmental.

            The AEP Ohio Appliance Recycling Program is one of several energy efficiency programs offered to help its residential and commercial electric customers use less energy, save money on their bills and protect the environment. 

            Investor-owned utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The energy efficiency programs are part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the State of Ohio target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025. For more information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, go to AEPOhio.com

            AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Columbus Southern Power Company and Ohio Power Company in Ohio, and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. 

            American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. 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 and north Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.             

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