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  • Snohomish PUD names Payne, Matlock Assistant General Managers

    Snohomish County Public Utility District GM/CEO John Haarlow announced the hiring of two Assistant General Managers on Tuesday. Guy Payne was named Assistant General Manager of Distribution & Engineering Services (D&ES) and Jessica Matlock was named Assistant General Manager of Customer & Energy Services and External Affairs.

    “Our evolving PUD team will be even stronger with the addition of these two quality individuals in these positions of leadership,” said Haarlow. “They bring experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and, most importantly, a strong commitment to helping keep our work force safe. I am so pleased we continue to attract and retain such high-performing leaders as these two, who are devoted to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations and helping take our utility boldly into the future.”

    As Assistant General Manager of D&ES, Payne will oversee more than 500 employees at the PUD’s Operations Center and five local offices in Lynnwood, Snohomish, Monroe, Arlington and Stanwood. His job duties will include the safety of PUD workers and the community, improving the PUD’s reliability and managing capital and operations and maintenance projects.

    Payne has 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, beginning his career as an apprentice lineman at Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative in Portales, N.M. Most recently, he served as Area Manager of Southern New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), overseeing 70 operational and engineering employees in four different electric service/construction centers in southern New Mexico.

    Matlock, who joined Snohomish County PUD in 2006 as the Director of Government & External Affairs, has more than 20 years’ experience working in the energy industry. In her new role at the PUD, Matlock will continue to manage the government affairs division and be responsible for customer service, energy-efficiency efforts and business services. She will oversee large projects related to electric vehicles, solar energy and distribution planning.

    Prior to working at the PUD, Matlock worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho) and held positions with the Bonneville Power Administration and State of Idaho. She has served on various boards/councils related to hydropower, energy efficiency/conservation, cybersecurity and fish and wildlife. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.

  • PUD Offers Tips on Holiday Lighting, Heating and More

    Bigger Savings, Better Comfort

    LED (light-emitting diodes) holiday lights use a fraction of the energy used by a standard C7 holiday light or mini-light. And the life expectancy of LED lights is 100,000 to 200,000 hours!

    Other benefits of LED holidays lights include:

    • If one bulb burns out, the rest of the string stays lit
    • LED lights are cool to the touch
    • You can use up to 20 strings together on one circuit

    The retail cost for LED holiday lights is about $10 to $20 per string of 100 lights. They’re available at numerous local hardware and drug stores throughout the area. Look and ask for ENERGY STAR LEDs to make sure you are purchasing energy-efficient holiday lights.

    Other Seasonal Cold Weather Tips:

    • To cut home heat loss, close your drapes at night, and open them during the day to let the sun in and warm your home.
    • When preparing holiday treats – appetizers, side dishes and desserts – whenever possible use smaller appliances such as toaster ovens and microwaves.
    • Check your heating ducts to ensure they’re properly sealed and insulated. This can cut up to 25 percent off your heating bill.
    • Put furnace air filters on your holiday shopping list. Replace these every two months during the heating season to lower heating costs and improve air quality.
    • Close off rooms you’re not using and lower the heat in these areas.
    • Don that favorite holiday sweater. Dressing warmer during colder months improves comfort and is less expensive than cranking up the heat.
    • For every three degrees you lower your thermostat from your normal setting, you save 10 percent on heating.

    For other energy-saving tips, click here.

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