Issue #181, February 2020
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Heating Systems Work Harder in the Cold

The biggest contributor to high winter bills is the weather. The colder it is outside, the more energy it takes to heat your home - even if you don't adjust your thermostat.

This is especially true in homes that are not properly insulated. Add insulation to help reduce your heating costs. 

Portable heaters may use a lot of energy too. A plug-in space heater can use up to 1,750 watts per hour. Running one 8 hours a day for 30 days will add $30.20 to your monthly electric bill. 

See other ways you can reduce your winter bills.

Let Us Trim Trees Growing Near Power Lines

Trees are one of the leading causes of power outages in our area. If you see trees growing near power lines, please let us know.

Please request a tree inspection if you have trees that are encroaching on our electrical system, or if you have dead or diseased trees in the vicinity of overhead power lines. 

Please do not trim these trees yourself. Trimming branches that are growing near overhead power lines puts you at risk for deadly electric shock.

Cut Energy Costs, Switch to Ductless

Ductless heat pumps heat your home at a fraction of the cost of electric baseboard and wall heaters. They also provide cooling to keep your home comfortable year-round.

We offer rebates for qualified installations of ductless systems:

  • $500 for qualified installations in new site-built homes
  • $800 for qualified installations in existing homes with electric heat
See if your home qualifies for our rebate program.

Keep Your Power Bill Even All Year Long

Want to avoid surprises with your monthly power bill? Sign up for our Budget Pay program and you'll pay the same amount every month, all year long. 

New Budget Pay plans are set up only in March. To enroll, you'll need at least 12 months of account history at your current location and a $0 balance.

Enter the 2021 PUD Calendar Photo Contest
Photo by Larry Jackson

You may now submit entries for the 2021 PUD Calendar Photo Contest

When uploading photos to our website, please choose high-resolution images.

You can also enter the contest by emailing high-resolution photos to us

Study Finds Dam Removal to be Costly

Removing four Lower Snake River dams would cost the United States $4 billion over the next 30 years, according to a study by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.

Did You Know?

Our Energy Efficiency efforts saved customers 2.97 million kilowatt hours in 2019 - enough to power 230 average Columbia County homes for a year. 

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