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AEP Ohio Debuts Home Energy Savings Tour Mobile Display at Allen County Fair
AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, unveiled its new energy-efficiency mobile display at the Allen County Fair on Friday, August 17. Local media had the opportunity to preview the mobile display prior to its debut.
AEP Ohio debuts home energy savings tour at Allen County Fair
By BOB BLAKE
Friday, August 17, 2012
LIMA — Visitors to this year’s Allen County Fair will have a new place to cool off and learn about the latest possibilities in home energy savings.
AEP Ohio debuted its new 38-foot-long Home Energy Savings Tour mobile vehicle Friday at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The vehicle promotes and educates consumers about energy efficiency and ways they can stop wasting energy through a series of interactive displays.
“It’s designed to be an interactive experience for customers to learn more about how they can not waste energy,” Terri Flora, director of communications for AEP Ohio, said. “This is an opportunity for them to interact, get information they can do in their home, learn about what they may be doing in their home that may be wasting energy and how they can change that.”
Visitors to the display will use an electronic card that is swiped at a series of touch-screen computers. At each console, visitors are asked a series of questions about energy usage in their homes and learn how to maximize their cost-saving potential. At the end, visitors receive a customized home energy report with additional follow-up information and tips.
“The purpose of the new mobile display is to engage and enlighten our customers about responsible energy usage,” Flora said. “The exhibit offers an interactive, customized experience to help consumers identify where they might be wasting energy in their homes and how they can save money by employing energy savings tips and participating in AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency programs.”
The project has been several months in the making, Flora said.
“This is a used mobile, we recycled most of the materials in it. It has a solar panel, a hybrid generator,” Flora said. “We are practicing what we preach with it. That’s nice because we don’t have to hook-up. We can have the generator run off the power it gets through the solar panel.”