Energy Saving Tips and Tricks

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You have the power to save money and energy in your own home. Saving energy reduces our demand for the resources needed to make energy, and improving your energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to our electric power grid. The result is reduced utility bills and money in your pocket. Improving your energy efficiency can also improve the comfort of your home and your quality of life. In addition to our rebates, Jefferson County PUD has a number of resources available below to help customers learn how to conserve and save.

    • You can’t conserve what you don’t measure.

      And one of the best tools Jefferson PUD has to assist its customers with measuring their energy consumption is the Smart Hub app. Smart Hub allows you to view monthly or daily energy consumption* and compare it to past use. It also allows you to manage your account and make payment arrangement online. And it’s the fastest and most accurate tool for reporting outages. Available through your web browser or via a downloadable app on your device. Sign in to create an account and get started.

      *Approx 1/3 of PUD meters are only able to give monthly rather than daily read data.
    • Do it Yourself Home Energy AuditFrom the guide: “You can save money on utility costs, have a more comfortable home and decrease your impact on the environment – all by improving the energy efficiency of your house. The first step toward increasing your home’s energy efficiency and comfort is to conduct a whole house energy audit. A diligent tour of your home with this booklet, and its tear-out checklist to record your notes, will help you determine how well your home currently operates and what upgrades are needed to improve its energy performance. Once you assess what needs to be done, the guide will help you with the second step – determining which upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your energy efficiency buck.”

      Testimonial: “Home energy audit: The best money I’ve ever spent” from the Washington Post.

    • This report is generated by the City of Tacoma for Peninsula Light Company in South Puget Sound. You can use this as a general reference for how hard your heater has to work to keep you comfortable. Many thanks to Penlight for their permission to use this monthly chart.

      There is also a free heating degree day report site you can use to compare years based on weather stations near or in your zip code. That site is called weather data depot. weather data depot.

       

    • Space heating is likely the largest energy expense in your home, accounting for about 45 percent of the average American family’s energy bills. That means making smart decisions about your home’s heating system can have a big impact on your energy bills. The Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out everything you need to know about home heating — from how heating systems work and the different types on the market to what to look for when replacing your system and proper maintenance.

      courtesy of the Department of Energy: https://energy.gov/downloads/energy-saver-101-home-heating