For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
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PUCO Urges Energy Awareness  During Cold Weather

Weather provides energy efficiency and bill management opportunities

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 26, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today urged the state’s residents to be mindful of their use of electricity and natural gas during extreme cold weather expected this week. 

An ongoing cold snap has significantly increased the demand for electricity and natural gas. Energy demand in Ohio is expected to peak on Tuesday and Wednesday, when overnight temperatures across most of the state are expected to drop below zero.

Anticipating what could be extremely low temperatures and high energy demand, the PUCO is calling on consumers to be aware of energy usage and its impact on natural gas and electric bills.

“Using energy efficiently will help ensure that adequate supplies of electricity and natural gas are available to all consumers when they will need power and heat most,” said PUCO Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. “Maximizing energy efficiency this week will also help consumers reduce their utility bills during what may well be one of the highest energy consumption periods of the year.”

Consumers can reduce their energy use and help save money on their utility bills by following some simple tips:

The PUCO has worked with utilities in Ohio to develop payment plan billing and other forms of energy assistance to help mitigate the volatility and impacts associated with high energy bills. For more information, and to determine if you qualify for forms of energy assistance, please contact your utility provider directly.

Despite the increased demand for energy, Ohio utilities are well prepared to respond to the extreme cold weather. The companies have completed inspections and assessments of key substations, points of delivery and other utility equipment. Utility crews are standing by to quickly restore service should the weather cause any outages.

More information on energy efficiency and being prepared for a possible outage is available on the PUCO website here.

Consumers should contact their local utility if they experience an outage or other emergency: 


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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