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Although summer typically means fun in the sun, it’s also when the demand for power increases, especially on the hottest days. With thousands of air conditioning (A/C) units operating at the same time, demand for electricity increases and strains the electric system.

As part of the gridSMART® Demonstration Project, AEP Ohio is offering SMART CoolingSM - an energy savings plan for customers with Smart Meters and central cooling systems and electric heat pumps. This program is designed to reduce peak demand and conserve electricity while offering qualified customers a way to earn bill credits.

To learn how SMART Cooling works, see information listed below.

Participants receive:

  • A FREE Programmable Communicating Thermostat (PCT) installed by a licensed contractor, free of charge (a $250 value).
  • The chance to earn bill credits
  • Annual savings of up to $180 in cooling and heating costs by programming your new PCT.*

*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGYSTAR® program.

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Complete our online form or call AEP Ohio at 1-888-237-5522.


Earning Credits on your monthly summer bills

By allowing your thermostat to be adjusted automatically during events, you have the chance to earn bill credits.

Credits with the programmable communicating thermostat

Your bill credit amount is based on your electricity usage (kWh or kilowatt hours) in the summer months and if you choose to opt-out of one or two events during a calendar month.

Customers who use more than 700 kWh per month during the summer period and are billed under Rate Tariff: Residential Service 013 as shown on your electricity bill (this applies to the majority of AEP Ohio residential customers)

  • Receive a monthly bill credit of $8 by allowing your thermostat to be automatically adjusted for all events during a calendar month.
  • If you opt-out of one event during the month, the $8 credit is reduced to $4.
  • If you opt-out of an event more than once during a month, your credit is forfeited.

Customers who use less than 700 kWh per month during the summer period and are billed under Rate Tariff: Residential Service 014 as shown on your electricity bill.

  • Receive a monthly bill credit of $3 by allowing your thermostat to be automatically adjusted for all events during a calendar month.
  • If you opt-out of one event during the month, the $3 credit is reduced to $1.50.
  • If you opt-out of an event more than once during a month, your credit is forfeited.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a Smart Meter and have a central electric cooling system or electric heat pump.
  • SMART Cooling is not recommended for customers who may have health issues affected by warm temperatures.
  • Renting? All you need is the owner or property manager to sign a release form.


Is SMART Cooling right for you?

Consider these questions before enrolling in SMART Cooling.

  • Are there any medical issues and/or equipment that require stable temperature conditions?
  • Are there other members in your household? You may want to consult with them first.

Learn more

Questions? Call AEP Ohio at 1-888-237-5522. Find out how to save even more money and energy with our energy efficiency programs.

Please note: AEP Ohio customers who elect to switch to a different electricity provider are not eligible to participate in gridSMART® programs, which consist of SMART CoolingSM, SMART Cooling PlusSM, SMART ShiftSM, SMART Shift PlusSM, SMART ChoiceSM and eVIEWSM. These programs are not available to customers who are placed on Open Access Distribution tariffs which apply when a customer takes generation service from another provider.

The amount of bill credits and when your bill credits appear on your bill is dependant on what equipment you enroll in the program. Guaranteed monthly credits only apply when you enroll an electric water heater, pool pump and/or hot tub in the SMART Cooling program. Credits for the programmable thermostat are earned and are based on your electricity usage (kWh or kilowatt hours) during the summer months and if you choose to opt-out of one or two events during a calendar month.

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