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With the dry late spring we have been experiencing, you might be preparing to turn your sprinkler system on for the first time this year. Following a few tips can help you water wisely.Find Out More
EWEB staff developed an After Action Report to review EWEB's response to the February 2019 snow storm and the impacts of the storm, both on the community and EWEB's electrical infrastructure.Find Out More
Due to recent severe weather conditions our meter reading staff could not safely complete their assigned routes Feb. 24-28, 2019. Customers in a few areas of Eugene, east Springfield and the McKenzie River Valley will have estimated readings on their next bill.Find Out More
As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, there are just under 2,000 customers who remain without power. This includes a little over 200 in the Eugene area, and about 1,700 in the Mckenzie River Valley. Most of the remaining Eugene-area outages are single homes, which can be extremely labor intensive, particulalry those with accessibility issues, such as backyard service lines with no access for bucket trucks. We will continue to work until every customer is restored.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Friday, turning the lights back on for more than 1,000 customers.Find Out More
We expect to restore about 1,000 customers in the Eugene area today. Please note that work conditions are dynamic and subject to change based on equipment damage, tree hazards and changing weather conditions.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Thursday, turning the lights back on for several thousand residents impacted by the snow storm that struck Sunday night. Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, less than 4,500 remained without service as of 5 p.m. Thursday. In the Eugene area, about 2,800 customers are still waiting for restoration, along with about 1,700 McKenzie River residents.Find Out More
New snowfall overnight stalled restoration progress made over the past 48 hours as three major feeder lines and a transmission line went down Wednesday morning.EWEB and contract crews late Tuesday night were able to reduce the number of customers without power to about 6,000. That figure is down from a high of more than 14,000 on Monday. Falling trees and snow damage brought down the Eugene-area feeder and transmission lines early Wednesday, and the number of customers without power climbed up to 7,800 as of 1 p.m.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board and contract line crews made significant progress restoring power overnight Monday and into Tuesday, with more than 6,300 customers returned to service. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are about 7,600 EWEB customers without service, down from more than 14,000 without power at 5 p.m. Monday.Find Out More
With guidance and support provided through EWEB's commercial energy efficiency programs, the developer of a new five-story mixed-use building incorporated efficient LED lighting and a ductless heat pump system.Find Out More
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
The University of Oregon, Eugene Water & Electric Board and City of Eugene are partnering with local auto dealers to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to more households.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 the April 3, 2018 meeting of your citizen-elected Board of Commissioners.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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