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  • PUD Honors Local Students in Art & Photo Contests

    Snohomish County PUD today announced the names of 17 local students who won awards in the utility’s 2017 art and photography competitions. The contests are designed to engage students and the community in energy topics. 

    Art Contest Winners

    The art contest challenged students to create a poster with the theme of “Powerful Electrical Inventions.”  Twelve students won awards as follows:

    Haven Parks Grade 1 English Crossing Elementary
    Calvin Irby Grade 3 Index Elementary
    Athena Soloman Grade 3 Index Elementary
    Heidi Ryu Grade 4 Silver Lake Elementary 
    Emma Schulmeister Grade 4 Kellogg Marsh Elementary
    Ashten Buchanan Grade 5 Madrona K-8
    Citlalli Cornejo Grade 8 Immaculate Conception & Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    Lucas Mitchell Grade 8 Lakewood Middle School
    Cordelia Notbohm Grade 8 Valley View Middle School
    Danielle Hegarty Grade 10 Glacier Peak High School
    Julian Blackstone Grade 11 Glacier Peak High School
    Chloe Keenan Grade 12 Sultan High School
    Photography Contest
    For the PUD photography contest, high school students were challenged to capture the theme of “Energy in Action” in a photograph. Five students won awards, as follows:
    Sami Reynolds Grade 11 Snohomish High School
    Aris Vanslageren Grade 11 Stanwood High School
    Haylee Felker Grade 12 Lake Stevens High School
    Taylor Langager Grade 12 Lynnwood High School
    Rita Sakharov Grade 12 Lynnwood High School

    The winners of the competitions will be recognized at the May 9, 2017, PUD Board of Commissioners meeting. The art and photography contest winners’ entries will be on display through May 12, 2017, in the lobby of the PUD’s Everett headquarters at 2320 California Street.  They also are posted on the PUD website, click here to view them.

  • Snohomish PUD Offers Many Bill-Payment Options

    Snohomish County PUD offers a range of programs to help customers better manage their bills, including assistance for families that may be struggling with bill-payments.

    Visit a PUD Local Office – Stop by to pay your bill or ask questions at any of the PUD’s six offices, located in Arlington, Everett, Lynnwood, Monroe, Snohomish and Stanwood. The busiest times to avoid are Mondays, the beginning of each month and days after holidays.

    SnoPAY – This online billing program lets you pay by transferring funds from your checking or savings account or by using a debit or credit card. There’s no fee to use this service. 

    Budget Payment Plan – Designed to make bill-payments easier, this program calculates equal monthly payments for customers throughout the year. The PUD requires a zero balance to start and recommends a year’s history at your current home to establish an accurate payment amount.

    Low-Income & Senior Low-Income Assistance – The utility provides bill discounts of up to 60% for qualifying low-income customers. The discount percentage that customers receive depends on their income level. 

    Project PRIDE & Helping Hands – Additional funds are available to customers who need bill assistance. These programs are supported by voluntary donations from customers and employees.

    For more information about these programs and other resources, visit or call PUD Customer Service at 425-783-1000.

  • PUD Offers Tips for Smart Spring Planting

    Smart Planting Helps Reliability & Environment

    Snohomish County PUD offers ideas for spring planting around your home to minimize power outages and help the environment. Trees and other brush growing into power lines are a major cause of power outages during storms. Fallen trees and branches become entangled in lines, and windblown branches hit lines and create outages. Many of these issues can be avoided with planning and preventative maintenance.

    If you’re planting trees and shrubs around your home this spring – and it’s an area near power lines – consider smaller varieties that mature at 25 feet or less. Rather than an Oak tree or a Sequoia, pick out a smaller option that is both manageable and attractive, including:

    Evergreen huckleberry Flowering cherry
    Japanese maple    Witch hazel
    Oceanspray Star magnolia
    Red flowering currant Serviceberry
    Vine maple Wild rose

    Also, consider drought tolerant plants, which reduce your yard’s watering needs during the drier summer months. Many of these are native to the Pacific Northwest, including Evergreen huckleberries, Salal, Western sword fern and Cascade Oregon grape.

    Plants too close to the green padmount transformers also can create problems for PUD crews. Keep a 10-foot clearance on the padlock side of these transformers and a 3-foot clearance from plants on the other sides.

    For other tips about plants around the best plants for your yard and utility electrical equipment, check out the PUD Tree Book by clicking here.

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