October / November 2017

How You Can Get the Jump on Storms

Be prepared this season, as storms can start to blow into the Pacific Northwest at any time. Here are a few useful tips:

  •  Assemble an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Stay informed: Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. We also provide updates to local news radio.
  • Have a backup plan: Designate an out-of-area contact phone number and alternate meeting place for your family.
  • Special medical needs? Consider a backup generator, and set up another site with friends/family for support.
  • Protect food by keeping your fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Never use a gas stove or charcoal grill inside. Carbon monoxide kills.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines, and report them to us at 425-783-1001.

Control Energy Costs With Smart Thermostats

The PUD offers a $75 prepaid VISA card and 10 LEDs to eligible customers who purchase and install a qualified smart thermostat in their home on or after August 15, 2017.

Installing a smart thermostat can help you reduce energy costs and keep your home comfortable year-round. Smart thermostats use sensors to tell when you’re away, and can learn your daily schedule and use local weather information to make energy-saving temperature changes automatically.

Because they are Wi-Fi enabled, smart thermostats allow you to manage your home heating and cooling system from anywhere, using your mobile device.

For details and eligible models, visit our website.

Energy Challenge Tip:
Check those furnace filters!

Replacing the air filters of your electric furnace not only lets you breathe easier, but it can also make your PUD bill easier on your wallet. Checking filters every month and replacing regularly can lead to savings of up to 210 kWh per winter bill, or about $64 each winter. 

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Electric Bus Shatters World Record

In September, Proterra, an electric-bus startup, test drove an electric bus 1,100 miles on a single charge, setting a new world record. It nearly doubled the previous world record and is a demonstration of how electric vehicles are becoming a competitive form of mass transportation. The bus was outfit with lithium-ion batteries with an energy density of 160-watt hours per kilogram. Proterra has sold their buses to cities like Seattle, Dallas and New York.