Snohomish County PUD customers can keep their bills in check this season by following a few easy steps. There are countless ways to save money and help the environment at the same time.
- Unplug any 2nd refrigerators not in use (or move items to primary refrigerator).
- Defrost your freezer when ice or frost build-up is ¼ inch or thicker.
- Set your water heater temperature no higher than 120° F.
- Use resource-efficient appliances. Look for the Energy Star label.
- Install low-flow showerheads and low-flow faucet aerators.
- Repair leaking or dripping hot water faucets.
- Use your microwave instead of your oven whenever possible.
- Use small cooking appliances when possible – electric fry pans, toaster ovens, etc.
- When using your oven, cook more than one item at a time.
- For lighting, use LEDs and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
Recycle Your Old Fridge
Your old energy-wasting fridge or freezer is costing you money – up to $200 this year and every year you keep it. The PUD will haul it away for free and recycle it safely. Start saving today! Take advantage of the free haul-away from the PUD. To schedule an appointment, call JACO Environmental toll free at 1-877-577-0510.
Get Efficient with Weatherization & Heating
Many PUD incentives have recently increased. The utility can help you cover costs for duct sealing and insulation, heat pumps and efficient windows (for electrically heated homes). Install a ductless heat pump, for example, and you’ll receive a rebate of up to $1,200. These units not only reduce your PUD bill, but they also improve comfort in your home.
For other energy-saving tips and more information about PUD conservation programs, visit www.snopud.com or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.
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Source: Snohomish County PUD, Press Release, April 25, 2013.