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Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy abundant, low-cost hydroelectric power, EVs are a smart economic choice and an important piece of the region's move away from fossil fuels.Find Out More
EWEB Commissioners will consider eliminating the second, higher-cost residential electric consumption tier and replacing it with a single flat price.Find Out More
As a public utility, it’s important for us to be open and transparent with you—our customer-owners. Here are some highlights from this month’s meeting of your citizen-elected Board of Commissioners.Find Out More
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Besides battling the western Oregon spring weather of 70 degrees and sunny one moment to torrential downpour the next, meter readers also find themselves faced with the additional challenges of meters blocked by spring vegetation growth and more unsecured dogs as summer approaches.Find Out More
Supporting vulnerable members of our community with conservation and efficiency programs is a priority for EWEB, which is why we are once again helping tenants and rental owners lower monthly utility bills through the Home Energy Score program.Find Out More
If your home is burning fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil, we have programs to help you upgrade to clean, efficient electricity.Find Out More
Our Affordability Initiative is already delivering positive results for customers, with a water price decrease set to go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, and no electric price change for the second year in a row.Find Out More
The Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit will expire at the end of 2017. If you’re considering these energy-efficient upgrades, make your purchase before Dec. 31 to take advantage of the tax credit.Find Out More
Getting the family together for Thanksgiving dinner? Take some time to talk about emergency preparedness.Find Out More
Whether you’re building your dream home, or an entire subdivision of new homes, we’re here to help you connect to Eugene’s water system. We’ve recently made some changes to make the process faster, and more cost effective for customers and developers.Find Out More
With help from our Smart Growth Programs, the Eugene Country Club recently switched from a natural gas boiler to a clean, efficient electric heat pump system that will reduce the County Club’s HVAC carbon emissions by 95% and shave off thousands of dollars in annual operating expenses.Find Out More
We’re doing our part by making investments to prepare, replace and maintain our community's electric and water systems. Here are some of the ways we work proactively to keep the lights on and the tap water flowing.Find Out More
During the winter, and especially over the holidays, it's not uncommon for home energy bills to go up noticeably. The average EWEB customer with electric heat could see a seasonal spike that doubles, or even triples, consumption, leading to higher bills even as electric prices remain flat. For example, the average home that uses 1050 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, or about $4 a day, can easily see increased consumption add up to $7 or $8 a day.
Understanding how energy use increases this time of year can help cost-conscious households save energy and money.
Since home heating is approximately 50 percent of your electric bill, perhaps the most obvious reason that energy consumption goes up during the winter is due to the weather. When the outside temperature drops, the heater starts to come on more frequently, even if you don't raise the thermostat, as it's working harder to keep the same warm internal temperature. Monthly bills start to climb, and if it gets really cold for extended periods, it's not uncommon for heating costs to double or even triple, depending on the type of heating system you use, insulation levels, and other factors.
Pro tip: Even if you can't upgrade your heating system or insulation this season, you can save energy and money by lowering the thermostat, and taking steps such as closing off unoccupied rooms to reduce the amount of space you're heating.
In addition to the heating system, other electric appliances tend to be on more during the holidays when you and your family are home from work or school. Baking cookies, pies and roasts (yum!) gives that oven a workout. Kids home from winter break use the TV and computer more. And if you have house guests, chances are your appliances are working overtime to accommodate more hot showers, laundry and dishes. If your water heater is in the garage or other unheated space, colder outdoor temperatures will increase your energy use as the appliance works harder to keep the water hot.
Pro tip: Since your water heater accounts for around 25 percent of your electric bill, keeping the temperature at 120 degrees or lower, and using cold water for laundry, can help you save energy and money.
It's dark earlier and longer, which translates into more hours of home lighting. And around the holidays, many people choose to decorate with festive lighting. Using LEDs will consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, but they still add to the power bill, especially if you go full Griswold.
Pro tip: Although lighting accounts for a small percent of your bill compared to heating, every little bit helps. Switch to LEDs, which use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs, and turn off unnecessary lights.
Since many households spend a lot of money this time of year, anything you can do to save on expenses will help. Check out some more ideas on how you can start saving now.
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