COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Columbiana and the American Municipal Power are holding another “Community Energy Savings Day” and are asking customers to reduce energy on Monday, July 20.
“Community Energy Savings Days” is a response program for when demand for electricity is expected to be high.
The purpose is to reduce electric transmission charges to the city on peak days, which is based off electric demand on the hottest and coldest days of the year.
The City of Columbiana’s electric utility department is asking residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 7 p.m. on these days in an attempt to get lower rates for power.
Homeowners and businesses can reduce electrical usage in the following ways:
- Using fans
- Raising the thermostat by several degrees
- Unplugging electronics that aren’t in use
- Turning off lights
- Pulling the shades on windows
- Operating appliances like washers and dryers after 7 p.m.
Although conservation is not mandatory, city officials say they appreciate any participation.
“Last year, we participated in Energy Savings Days and it’s estimated that it saved the residents about $100,000 over the course of the year,” said Columbiana City Manager Lance Willard.
City government offices and buildings will be participating to help with the effort.