Sustainable Steps

Take advantage of energy efficiency programs from AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas. You’ll save money and make your home more comfortable, plus you’ll help Columbus reach its 30,000 home energy audit goal! Sustainable Steps is the City’s innovative and ambitious climate action plan to reduce air pollution & city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. This winning plan is part of the American Cities Climate Challenge!


Columbus City-wide Programs

The following programs count towards the 30,000 home energy audits goal:


    Get free energy efficiency and repair services if you are enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and your gross income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Multi-family properties may be eligible. Call 1-800-672-2231 to find the community-based agency in your area.

  • AEP OHIO - ENERGY BRIDGE (2 points)

    Order your free Energy Bridge by tapping “Request Energy Bridge” in the IT’S YOUR POWER app. With the Energy Bridge device, you can pull minute by minute energy data from the smart meter on your home and immediately track changes when you turn devices on and off. It also enables convenient smart home control directly from the IT’S YOUR POWER app. Once ordered, your Energy Bridge will be delivered to your home in 10-14 business days. Visit to learn more!


    Take the Home Energy Profile through the IT’S YOUR POWER app. Answer basic questions about your energy use to receive recommendations for saving energy and a FREE energy efficiency tool kit. The kit includes LED light bulbs, a night light, weather stripping and insulated switch covers.

  • AEP OHIO - IT'S YOUR POWER APP (1 point per device)

    IT’S YOUR POWER is a free app provided by AEP Ohio. To download, search for IT’S YOUR POWER in your app store or click one of the links below. Once you’ve downloaded the app, enter your username and password to sync with your AEP Ohio account. The app will then begin to populate with data from your home’s smart meter.

    Check the app daily for updated reports, trends in your home’s energy use and suggestions for lowering your usage based on these trends.

    Visit to learn more!

  • COLUMBIA GAS - WARMCHOICE (R) (3 points)

    Provides a whole home energy inspection. No cost services may include attic and wall insulation, air sealing, safety checks on natural gas appliances, natural gas furnace repair or replacement, and natural gas water heater repair or replacement. At no cost to homeowners and renters. Call 614-621-1171 for more information.Click HERE for the Homeowner Application for WarmChoice Program.