Issue #169, February 2019
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How Cold Weather Affects Your Power Bill

The biggest contributor to high electric bills in the winter is cold weather. When it's colder outside, it takes more power to heat your home - even if you don't raise the thermostat.

This is especially true if your home doesn't have enough insulation, or has air leaks. 

Learn how you can reduce your winter bills.  

Apply for Our Utility Engineering Internship

Local students are invited to apply for our 2019 Utility Engineering Internship Program. This program offers engineering students a chance to learn about utility careers through direct work experience.

The internship is open to high school seniors or college students majoring in engineering who live within our service area. 

Applications are available online, and are due by 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Let Us Trim Trees Near Power Lines

If you see trees growing near power lines, please let us know. We will inspect your service line and remove limbs or trees if they are growing too close.

If there are trees near your home that need inspecting, please call us at (503) 397-1844 to request an inspection, or request one online.

Keep Your Power Bill Even All Year Long

Do you want to avoid surprises with your monthly power bill? Sign up for our Budget Pay program.

New Budget Pay plans are set up only in March. To enroll, you need to have at least 12 months of account history and a $0 balance at the time of enrollment. 

Cut Energy Costs, Switch to Ductless

A few years ago, Toni's furnace stopped working. Rather than simply replacing it, she decided to make a change.

"We just thought a ductless heat pump would be a better way to go, rather than paying all that money for a new furnace and air conditioner," Toni said. "The bill isn't as high any more."

She has saved about 40% on her winter heating costs with the ductless heat pump. Toni also received a PUD rebate for the installation.

Enter the 2020 PUD Calendar Photo Contest
Photo by Jerry Vanderwerf

It's never too early to submit your photos for our annual PUD Calendar Photo Contest. You may now send us your entries for the 2020 contest.

The calendar features scenic photos of Columbia County. We like to include photos representing each season of the year. 

Anyone may enter the contest, and you may submit up to 10 photos.

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