March 6, 2018
Continual Improvement Cost Savings - $9 million!
Throughout the PUD, employees have implemented numerous process improvements to create efficiencies and save money. Through these efforts, the utility saved nearly $9 million in 2017 on behalf of its customers. Here are a few examples:
- Took advantage of an incentive discount program offered by U.S. Postal Service that provides rebates for business reply mail.
- Retained less costly contracts for envelopes, turned to cheaper paper stock and reduced printer toner expenses.
- Combined separate contracts for pole inspections and maintenance for a savings of nearly $800,000.
- Employed new fuse holders, instead of reclosers, in connection with underground transformers.
- Configured handhelds in the PUD warehouse to scan order data rather than manual data entry.
- Updated and modernized process of selling salvaged materials to increase revenue.
- Installed a fish counting sonar system for use in the Sultan River (site of Jackson Hydropower Project) to save PUD fish biologists from timely manual counts during spawning season.
- Secured a new contract for a phone carrier and modified cellular service plans, saving about $300,000 annually.