You can get a military discount on your Ohio electricity if you live in one of the deregulated electricity markets.
That includes getting a Duke Energy military discount. Or you can get a military discount if your utility is AEP-Ohio, Dayton Power & Light or any of the FirstEnergy Companies (The Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison or Toledo Edison).
Military Discount Plans for Veterans & Active Military
Direct Energy, the Ohio electricity provider with discounts for military service members, has temporarily suspended new enrollments in Ohio.
With deregulated electricity in Ohio, you can shop for a new supplier for your electricity, or get supply from the local utility company.
If you stay with the local utility company, you pay an electricity rate that can change several times a year. If you choose a supplier, not only will you get a fixed rate for electricity, but you can get a military discount on your power.
There are electricity discounts available for veterans, active duty, military reserves, or military-dependent spouses.
And if you get transferred elsewhere before the end of your electricity contract? No problem – just let your provider know you’re moving and they’ll waive the early termination penalty. That’s the law in Ohio.
Companies with Military Discounts on Electricity
A military discount can save you a lot of money compared to other electricity rates. Direct Energy will verify your military service during your enrollment, using a secure 3rd party website. You may need to provide a copy of your military identification, your service branch or your discharge date.
Here are Direct Energy military discount electricity plans in key areas of Ohio.
Direct Energy has temporarily suspended new enrollments in Ohio.
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Bases in Ohio with Deregulated Electricity
If you are active or retired military and live near any of these Ohio bases, you can shop for an electricity provider.
- Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery Ohio. Duke Energy is your utility company. And you can get a military discount in the Duke Energy area when you choose Direct Energy as your Ohio electricity supplier.
- ISC Cleveland Coast Guard Base in Cleveland Ohio. The Illuminating Company is your utility company. And you can get a military discount in the Cleveland area when you choose Direct Energy as your Ohio electricity supplier.
Ohio Budgeting – Basic Allowance for Housing
If you live off-base, your Basic Allowance for Housing is supposed to cover not only your rent, but also your utilities. Use the information below to help budget for your BAH.
The average Ohioan pays 11.8¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (December 2020 EIA). And the average home of 1500 square fee uses about 728 kWh per month. That’s a monthly electricity bill around $85.90.
Your electricity bill may vary based on how you heat and cool your home. Around 20% of Ohio homes use electricity for heat. And your bill may be higher in the summer if you have central air conditioning.
But the price you pay for those units of power will vary, and depends on picking the best supplier.