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Ohio Department of Development Announcement

Ohio Department of Development Seeking Feedback on New Home Energy Savings Program

July 3, 2024

An update from the Ohio Department of Development:

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Ohio Department of Development wants to give Ohioans a voice in the creation of programs aimed at helping families save on their electric bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  

Development announced the launch of a statewide stakeholder engagement effort that will support the planning, design, and implementation of the new Ohio Home Energy Savings Program. The State of Ohio was awarded $249 million through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to provide qualifying Ohioans discounts for high-efficiency appliances and equipment, as well as funding for energy efficiency improvements to single- and multi-family homes. 

“High energy bills are a concern for many Ohio families, and we want them to know relief is on the horizon,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Department of Development. “This effort will ensure the Home Energy Savings Program is crafted with direct input from the people it aims to help, allowing us to deliver meaningful solutions while also empowering residents to contribute to its success.” 

This outreach effort, which kicks off July 11, will include a series of informal, in-person sessions in communities across the state, as well as two live webinars for interested Ohioans to learn more about the program and provide valuable insight on how it can best serve their needs.  

All Ohio residents, businesses, utilities, contractors, government entities, and nonprofit/community-based organizations are encouraged to participate. 

Dates and locations for each event are, as follows: 

Webinar 1 
July 11 | 6-7 p.m.  
Register for the webinar here 

In-Person Session 1 – Bowling Green  
July 24 | 6-8 p.m. 
Bowling Green Simpson Banquet Room 
1291 Conneaut Avenue 
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 
Register here 

In-Person Session 2 – Toledo 
July 25 | 6-8 p.m. 
Toledo Public Library – Mott Branch 
1010 Dorr Street 
Toledo, Ohio 43607 
Register here 

In-Person Session 3 – Cleveland 
Aug. 6 | 6-8 p.m. 
Cleveland Public Library – MLK Branch  
962 Stokes Boulevard 
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 
Register here 

In-Person Session 4 – Youngstown 
Aug. 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Youngstown Public Library – Main Branch 
305 Wick Avenue 
Youngstown, Ohio 44503 
Register here 

In-Person Session 5 – Columbus 
Aug. 13 | 6-8 p.m. 
Columbus Public Library 
96 S. Grant Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43215 
Register here 

In-Person Session 6 – Athens 
Aug. 14 | 6-8 p.m. 
Athens Community Center 
701 E. State Street 
Athens, Ohio 45701 
Register here 

In-Person Session 7 – Cincinnati 
Aug. 27 | 6-8 p.m. 
Price Hill Branch Library 
970 Percell Avenue 
Cincinnati, Ohio 45205 
Register here 

In-Person Session 8 – Dayton 
Aug. 28 | 6-8 p.m. 
Greater Dayton Recreation Center 
2021 West Third Street 
Dayton, Ohio 45417 
Register here 

Webinar 2 
Sept. 4 | 6-7 p.m. 
Register for the webinar here 

Press planning to attend any of these events should RVSP to  

For more information, visit the Home Energy Savings Program webpage or the U.S. Department of Energy website.  

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