APRIl / may 2018

Get Efficient with Our Home Energy Profile

Use the PUD’s Home Energy Profile to learn more about how you’re using energy – and save on bills! The free online assessment is easy and takes just a few minutes to complete. The review covers areas such as your home’s weatherization, fuel source, appliances and hot water use.  When you use the tool, you’ll receive a free report of your home’s energy use, including recommendations to lower your bill and a list of conservation programs , including PUD conservation programs that apply to your home. Click here to take the assessment.

Tree Trimming = Reliable Power

Each year the PUD trims up to 500 miles of brush and trees along electrical circuits. This preventative maintenance is one of the most effective ways of keeping service reliable for customers. The entire system is trimmed on a cycle of seven years or less. Customers can help by choosing the right types of trees and shrubs to plant near power lines. Consider smaller varieties that mature at 25 feet or less. Rather than an oak tree or a sequoia, pick out a smaller option that is both manageable and attractive, such as a Japanese maple, serviceberry or a flowering cherry. For more tips, check out the PUD Tree Book at our site.


Bringing Art into Power Plants

Vaquero Palacios’ (1900-1998) father was one of the founders of the Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico company (now part of the EDP group) in Spain. In the 1950s, Vaquero Palacios – now a trained architect, painter and sculptor – was entrusted by the company’s management to use his creative mind to enhance the environment and condition of its facilities. Over the coming decades, he created beautiful 20th-century modernist Spanish industrial buildings, integrating technology, architecture, design and art.

He took what are usually stark, utilitarian buildings and transformed them into works of art, adding style, light and color to the outside and inside of normally gray, drab facilities.

Proaza hydroelectric power plant opened in 1968 and generates about 100 MWh annually.