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Press Releases

(Current News)

  • PUD Website Offers Better Tools, Useful Information
    9/10/2014

    You’ll find many valuable tools, resources and customer-friendly features at the PUD’s website, www.snopud.com. Customers can pay their bills online. Students can research new energy sources. Solar energy enthusiasts can explore options for generating their own power from the sun. The website also features:

    • Preparedness tips for power outages
    • Educational content for teachers, students and parents
    • Electrical safety information
    • Lists of PUD facilities for public use
    • Low-income and senior discount program information
    • Conservation program offerings and a directory of PUD-registered contractors
    • Electrical service requirements for new installations
    • Annual reports, power supply data and utility financial updates

    “More and more customers are going online to do business with us,” said Communications & Marketing Director Julee Cunningham. “We want to offer multiple ways to connect with us so customers can save energy, manage their bills and be prepared for whatever stormy winter weather may bring. Our mobile version also provides access via smartphones.”

    Cool Tools

    The PUD’s popular SnoPAY option lets customers go paperless and save postage with online payments. They can pay their PUD bill by transferring money electronically from their checking or savings account, or use a credit or debit card (except pre-paid credit cards). They can also use SnoPAY to make a one-time pment without enrolling. There is no fee.

    The EnergyAdvisor calculators enable customers to analyze their bills based on usage and identify low-cost improvements and investments to save money. Specific calculators offer information about thermostat adjustments, lighting, televisions and more. An educational Kids Korner provides engaging educational content for students, parents and teachers.

    The PUD website also features information for water utility customers. Online videos cover a range of topics, including energy-saving tips, electrical safety, storm restoration, tidal energy and bill payment options. To see the many PUD website features, click here.

  • PUD Customers’ Solar Energy Generation Tops Three Megawatts
    9/4/2014

    Solar Brighter than Ever in Snohomish County

    Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District have hit another milestone: their combined solar energy capacity stands at 3 megawatts, up 50 percent from just one year ago. About 500 PUD customers now generate part of their electricity with photovoltaic solar units.

    “We’ve seen system prices drop to about half of what they were a few years ago,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Leslie Moynihan, who manages the utility’s solar programs. “A collection of incentives and tax breaks make solar even more attractive.”

    The bulk of the small-scale solar energy production comes from customers participating in the PUD’s Solar Express program, which offers financial incentives and technical assistance for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.

    For the PUD, which serves a growing area, customer-generated solar energy is a wise investment as it reduces the utility’s need to purchase new energy. Renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar units, help customers reduce their environmental impact and utility bills.

    Solar Express Incentives:

    Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000. All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems. Customers also may qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives.

    Solar Express is one of the ways the PUD is promoting clean, locally-generated renewable resources. For more information, including qualifications, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or click here.

    For PUD customers who don’t want to install their own solar units, they can still support solar energy through the utility’s Planet Power program. It uses voluntary customer contributions to support local solar energy projects at local schools, non-profits and public agencies. About 2,000 customers participate in the program.

  • Seven Simple Savers: PUD Energy Tips
    8/26/2014

    Reduce Bills & Improve Comfort in Your Home

    Snohomish County Public Utility District has some great ideas for saving energy as we head into fall. You’ll not only save money on bills, but you’ll be helping the environment by using resources wisely.

    • Check for cracks around doors and windows to make sure they’re properly sealed to reduce heat loss.
    • Check the air filters of your electric furnace every month. By replacing dirty filters, you'll improve your air quality as well as save energy.
    • Stock up on energy-saving LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs, discounted at many local retailers.
    • Set your home heat to 68 degrees when you’re home and awake. Set it at 55 degrees when you’re sleeping or away.
    • Install a programmable thermostat for both comfort and savings.
    • Set your water heater no higher than 120° F. It saves energy and prevents accidental scalding from overheated water.
    • Use your microwave or toaster oven instead of your range whenever possible.

    For other energy-saving tips and information about PUD conservation programs, click here or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

  • PUD Customers Generate Solar, Get Great Incentives
    6/4/2014

    Power of the Sun

    Snohomish PUD customers are turning to solar energy like never before. More than 450 solar energy systems have been installed at homes and businesses served by the utility.

    “In the last two years, we’ve seen prices for solar units come down considerably,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Leslie Moynihan. “Systems have dropped in price by as much as 40 percent.”

    In addition to lower prices, solar enthusiasts can take advantage of federal tax credits and state production incentives to help pay off their investments in solar much quicker. The PUD also offers cash incentives and educational support through its Solar Express program.

    PUD customers who’ve installed solar energy systems also like how they’re helping the environment by generating clean energy.

    “For me, solar is simply the future of power,” said Fred Westergaard of Camano Island. “And Snohomish PUD was easy to work with during my installation.”

    PUD Solar Express

    A range of incentives and educational support offered through Solar Express make the process easy for customers. 

    Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000. All customers with electric water heaters can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems. Customers may also qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives.

    Solar Express is one of the ways the PUD is promoting clean, locally-generated renewable resources. For more information, including qualifications, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or click here.

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