Join us at the Fair!
Visit the PUD at the 2018 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Check out our How Things Work displays with information on substations, trucks, power outage response and more. Grab a photo as you pose as a PUD line worker. Buy a Smart Saver Kit with 10 assorted LEDs and 1 efficient showerhead for only $10 plus tax! PUD staff will be on hand to answer questions about the utility’s many programs and services. The fair is scheduled Thursday, August 23, through Monday, September 3, 2018.
Different Energy Sources, Different Energy Output
Over the course of a year, each energy source generates differently depending on fuel availability. Wind turbines need the wind to blow. Solar projects need the sun to shine. Hydropower facilities need adequate water. The maximum amount each energy source can produce is called peak capacity. However, most energy sources cannot operate at their maximum production capacity at all times. So the PUD considers energy sources’ average annual production when it plans its energy supply for customers. Both of these measures are important as the PUD works to meet customers’ needs.
“Energy vampires” are appliances that continue to draw power from electrical outlets, even when turned off or idle. While these vampires won’t suck your blood, some of these appliances can cause substantial increases to your energy usage, costing you and your family hundreds of dollars per year.
Any device that has a clock or a remote control draws power continuously unless unplugged. To conserve this power, simply unplug them or turn off the power strip they're plugged in to when they're not in use.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an appliance constantly taking in 1 watt of electrical current is equivalent to 9kWh per year, adding up to $1 in annual costs (basically $1/watt/annual). Considering how many appliances are used in an average household, costs can quickly add up to $100-200 a year