Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Melanie Crabill
Director of Media Relations
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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Media Advisory
News Date: April 02, 2019

Community Energy Savers Program Helps Linden Earn Grants

AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas are partnering with the City of Columbus to help Linden residents and businesses save energy and money. Through the Community Energy Savers program, the Linden community can earn up to $35,000 for energy-saving improvements at neighborhood schools based on customer participation.

“AEP Ohio continually seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work,” said Michael LaScola, energy efficiency training and education coordinator for AEP Ohio.  “The Community Energy Savers program educates residents about our energy-saving programs as well as the many solutions and incentives available for businesses.”

Each time a customer participates in a select Columbia Gas or AEP Ohio program, such as having a home energy audit, the Linden community earns points toward a goal.  The AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas award will be used to improve exterior lighting at the Hamilton STEM Academy playground and water heater upgrades at Como Elementary School, Duxberry Park Elementary School, Hamilton STEM Academy and Windsor STEM Academy. The Community Energy Savers program for Linden runs through July 15, 2019.

“Columbia Cares about our communities, and this is a great way for customers to save while helping the community,” said Sarah Poe, manager of energy efficiency programs for Columbia Gas. “Every Columbia Gas or AEP Ohio customer in Linden can save through rebates on smart thermostats and energy-saving appliances, online or in-person home energy audits, programs for business and much more.” 

In addition to Linden, the Community Energy Savers Program will also focus on Franklinton and the Hilltop neighborhoods in 2019 and the Near East, Milo-Grogan and University District/Italian Village in 2020.   

“This program will help support a more sustainable Columbus and lower the energy burden of our residents,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.  “Many families are paying a disproportionally high amount of their income on home electric and gas costs.   The Energy Savers Program will target our opportunity neighborhoods and provide a pathway for other Columbus residents to save money, both at home and in the workplace.”

As part of Community Energy Savers, residents and businesses will get points for taking measures such as conducting home energy audits and replacing appliances with new, more efficient models.   In return for resident and business participation in Community Energy Savers, AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas will provide Columbus neighborhoods with cash awards to be used to complete energy efficiency related projects that benefit each neighborhood.  

The Community Energy Savers Program is one component of a citywide campaign to reduce air pollution and lower utility bills for residents and businesses.  Late last year, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Columbus as a winning city in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge.  The program will help cities like Columbus aggressively address climate issues.  To help meet its goals, the City of Columbus plans to complete 30,000 energy audits in 2019 and 2020.   

Customers can get complete information about how to participate at