Get a rebate and/or participate in the "Oldest Fridge" contest AEP is offering.

If you like paddlesports and cycling, you might want to sign up for Ohio River Paddlefest and/or Pedalfest June 20-22.

AEP programs

You may have read the story last week about AEP offering a $50 rebate and its contest where the winner receives more than $1,000 in gift cards in The Columbus Dispatch. Just send in a photo of your working fridge or freezer and if its the oldest, you'll win. If you don't win the contest, you can still get some rebate money by trading in that old fridge or freezer for a newer, more energy-efficient one. (You'll save on your energy bill, too!) For details on the appliance recycling program and contest, visit

Another program AEP has is its ECO-Advantage 100% wind electricity program. To find out more about this program, visit


Cincinnati has declared itself "Paddle Capital of the USA." Paddlefest is June 20-22 in Cincinnati down on the Ohio River. This year, they are offering a "Paddle It or Pedal It or Both" event. To find out about the main event and all of the other events planned for Paddlefest/Pedalfest weekend, visit

I'm a little jealous we don't have the MeetMeOutdoors program in central Ohio. (We do, however, have some great Metro Parks with great programs-so there.) Green Umbrella is a nonprofit organization working to make the Cincinnati region one of the top 10 most sustainable in the U.S. by 2020. MeetMeOutdoors advocates for people to spend more time outdoors in the tri-state area. It is partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. There's a nice magazine MeetMeOutdoors puts out with lots of helpful information and things to do. Outdoor activities in the area include: backpacking, camping, paddlesports (canoes, kayaks, stand up paddles), bicycling, climbing, caving, rowing and sculling, dog parks, fishing, hiking, running, ziplining and family-friendly activities. For more information about Meet Me Outdoors and some things to do if you visit the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, visit