Power Lines E-Newsletter
Issue #139, August 2016
My Fair Lady Queen is Crowned
Congratulations to 2016 My Fair Lady Queen Claudia Oblack of Vernonia, and princesses Lillibell Welter of Rainier, Linda Kissinger of Clatskanie, Shirley Walker of St. Helens, and Judy Thompson of Scappoose.

These women were honored for their outstanding volunteer work in the county during the My Fair Lady Pageant at the Columbia County Fair. This was the 28th year the PUD has sponsored this wonderful event.
Use These Tips to Save Energy and Stay Cool This Summer

There are a number of free and low-cost ways to keep cool and save energy. Follow these tips from our Energy Experts to stay comfortable while keeping your home energy costs to a minimum this summer.
Enter the 2017 Calendar Photo Contest

We are now accepting entries for the 2017 calendar photo contest. 
Photos should depict the scenic beauty of our county. Photographs must be submitted by September 9th. Finalists will be posted in our lobby and on our website in October for customers to pick the winning shots.
Entry forms can be obtained online  or in our Deer Island office.
Get a Free Energy Evaluation Today

Our Energy Experts will conduct a free in-home energy evaluation to identify energy savings opportunities for electrically heated homes.
You must be present for the evaluation,  which takes about 90 minutes to complete.

To make an appointment, contact our Energy Experts at (503) 366-5470 or
experts@crpud.org .
Donate Blood at Columbia River PUD on August 19th

We are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive in our Community Room on August 19th from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. 

Register to donate online
using sponsor code "SaintHelens".
Call Ahead Before Adding Electric Load
Are you planning to add a shop, a lighted greenhouse, a heat pump, or other electrical equipment to your home or business?

Please call us first.

Adding electric load without notifying us first can affect the reliability and safety of the electricity distribution system serving you and your neighbors. When you add load to an existing service, you risk overloading our distribution equipment. This can damage our equipment and cause outages or power quality problems for you and your neighbors. If you add load without contacting us first, you are responsible for any and all damages, costs of crew repair time, and clean-up costs.
Please contact our Engineering Department at (503) 397-0760 or engineering@crpud.org if you are planning to increase your electric load.
Loans Are Available for Energy Upgrades
Is this the year you're getting around to some of those home improvement projects? If you plan on upgrading your home's energy efficiency, heating systems, or purchasing new appliances, there could be help for you.

St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union and Wauna Federal Credit Union offer loans for PUD customers who take on such projects.

Visit  www.shcu.org  or  www.waunafcu.org  to learn more about these opportunities.