PUD Programs for Those in Need
The PUD offers year-round low-income rate discounts of 20, 40 or 60 percent off of PUD electric and water bills to customers based on the total household income limits. The low-income senior discount is for a PUD customer who is 62 years of age or older and whose total income does not exceed $28,349 annually. For customers under 62 years of age, the total household income cannot exceed 125% of the federally established poverty level. This amount changes every year. Check our website for the current limits or call Customer Service at 425-783-1000 (M-F, 8a to 5:30p).
If you want to help those struggling to pay their PUD energy bills, you can make a donation through Project PRIDE. When you support Project PRIDE, 100% of your tax-deductible donation is used to provide one-time grants for families and individuals who need help. All donations are sent to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution to eligible recipients.
Reward Yourself for Being Efficient!
Shopping for a new appliance or home product? Let the PUD help you find the most energy-efficient product and do your comparison shopping from the convenience of one site! And get a Smart Reward for purchasing an eligible item. You’ll find clothes washers, dryers, air purifiers, sound bars, refrigerators, freezers, and UHD (ultra high definition) televisions. Visit our site to view review the energy-efficiency, availability, pricing and customer reviews. You’ll be able to clearly identify which models are eligible for a PUD Smart Reward.
Energy Challenge Tip:
Keep Your Cool This Summer!
The heat is here for the summer. Here are some tips to keeping your house cool if you don’t have air-conditioning:
- Avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
- Install efficient LEDs that run cooler. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.
- Keep your shades and curtains drawn during the day to keep heat out.
- Open windows at night to take advantage of cooler air.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air-drying both dishes and clothing.
- Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.
A new solar farm opened up in China with a twist. The energy firm, Panda Green Energy Group, constructed the solar panels in the shape of a giant panda. This particular solar panda farm has been built in the province of Shanxi, and Panda Green hopes that this is only the first of a 100 panda-themed solar farms the company is planning to build. The total cost of all 100 plants is estimated to be around $3 billion. In addition to building potentially dozens of solar farms, the company hopes that the friendly panda faces will give Chinese citizens, especially younger ones, a greater appreciation and understanding of solar power. Panda Green has also built an education center geared toward teaching children about the importance of renewables.