A representative from AEP Ohio on Wednesday presented the Highland County Board of Commissioners with a check for $38,237.68 for the county’s participation in AEP Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Program.
AEP Customer Service Representative Kelly Bussler presented the check and thanked the commissioners for their participation in the program at a meeting on Wednesday morning.
Commissioner Terry Britton told The Times-Gazette after the meeting that the check was a rebate for the county’s participation in the program, which included a number of energy-efficiency projects completed over the summer, including new windows, lighting, heating and cooling in county buildings.
According to a statement from Bussler provided to The Times-Gazette, the projects are projected to result in a savings of 368,789 kilowatt hours, which is equivalent to removing the annual greenhouse gas or CO2 emissions from 59 cars per year, or almost 96 tons of waste recycled instead of going to the landfill.
It is also equivalent to almost 30 homes’ energy use for one year, according to Bussler.
“These benefits will continue as long as the measures are in place,” Bussler said in the statement. “We appreciate your efforts and willingness to make a difference.”
According Bussler, since the inception of the program in 2009, AEP has helped communities save more than 2,100,000,000 kilowatt hours – equal to removing annual greenhouse emissions from 304,704 vehicles.
“It is also equal to reducing the CO2 emissions from 162,874,648 gallons of gasoline consumed or the electricity for one year for 132,068 homes,” the statement said. “The investment (the commissioners) have made in making your county more energy efficient will have a lasting effect on your energy consumption and operating cost.”
The commissioners also passed routine financial resolutions on Wednesday.
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