February 24, 2021

The City of Wapakoneta is excited to introduce a partnership with Efficiency Smart to provide energy efficiency services for Wapakoneta Electric Department customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

Wapakoneta is expected to save approximately 2,197 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 2,197 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of more than 260 homes. In addition, Wapakoneta is expected to reduce its summer peak by 530 kilowatts (kW). Peaks occur when electric use is at its highest, typically weekday afternoons in the summer. Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the City of Wapakoneta and its electric customers.

“Our goal is to help our customers lower their electric bills,” said Tom Stinebaugh, Mayor of Wapakoneta. “We’re a public utility, meaning we are not for profit. We charge customers what it takes for us to run our system. The most effective way we can help our community save on their electric bills is through energy efficiency education and services. It’s a win for our customers, and a win for our electrical system.”

Efficiency Smart’s residential services include a comprehensive set of initiatives that promote sustainable efficient product use and increased energy efficiency in homes. Residential initiatives include discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy-saving appliances, and guidance on reducing electric use.

By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

  • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
  • Plugs appliances and electronics into an advanced power strip could save up to $100 in annual electric costs
  • Manages their electric usage with a smart thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Wapakoneta,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The city has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the city to ensure a successful partnership.”

For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Wapakoneta Electric Department Customers, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/wapakoneta-ohio or call 877-889-3777.