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Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

PUCO provides utility-related resolutions

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COLUMBUS — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers 17 utility-related resolutions to save money, save energy, and stay safe in 2017:

  • Once a year, have furnaces, vents, flues, and chimneys inspected by a qualified service professional.
  • Test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
  • Switch out incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs to save on lighting costs.
  • Turn off or unplug lights, appliances, and electronics when not in use.
  • Set thermostats at or above 72 degrees in the summer and at or below 68 degrees in the winter.
  • Keep vents and radiators clear of furniture or other obstructions so that air conditioners and furnaces do not have to work as hard to reach the set temperature.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature in homes while residents are away.
  • Look for energy efficient Energy Star® appliances for replacing aging refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers.
  • Contact local utilities for programs such as rebates for energy efficient appliances, home energy audits, and budget billing.
  • Stay prepared for inclement weather by creating a storm kit that includes items like a flashlight, bottled water, personal hygiene products, and non-perishable foods.
  • Assume that any downed power lines are live and steer clear, then contact local emergency responders and the local utility.
  • Replace electrical cords that are fraying, cracking, or that may have been damaged.
  • Have air ducts checked for leaks and sealed by a qualified professional.
  • Reduce water leaks by fixing or replacing faucets, showerheads, and toilets.
  • Call 8-1-1 before any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.
  • Learn more about energy choice and browse the PUCO’s Apples to Apples charts by visiting

For any utility related question, concern or complaint, contact the PUCO at 800.686.7826 or visit

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