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EWEB customers use more than twice as much water in the hot, dry summer months, compared to the cold, rainy winter months. The higher summer water use can almost assuredly be attributed to customers watering their lawns and gardens.Find Out More
The EWEB Board of Commissioners meet on the first Tuesday of the month.Find Out More
To maintain the reliability customers have come to know and trust, EWEB must address an aging infrastructure bubble.Find Out More
Greenpower Grants, a program funded by voluntary Greenpower customer subscriptions is currently accepting applications. The grant will fund a high-impact project that increase the use of renewable energy sources, the adoption of emerging technologies, clean energy education and reduce or offset our community's carbon footprint.Find Out More
Eugene is one of the largest cities on the west coast with only a single source of drinking water, the McKenzie River. And though the McKenzie is a pure, reliable water source, EWEB will secure a second source ensure resiliency in the future, planning to build a water treatment plant on the Willamette River, upstream of Eugene and Springfield.Find Out More
For the past year, EWEB’s electric division has been preparing for a complete reconstruction of the Currin substation. Quite simply, it’s reached the end of its useful life.Find Out More
With cold and icy weather forecasted for the next several days, we want to share some tips on how to heat your home while still conserving energy. We also have tips on how to stay warm if there is a power outage at your home.Find Out More
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You may have noticed a plaque along the sidewalk on East 4th Avenue near the entrance to the employee parking lot at EWEB’s former headquarters building. It commemorates Wiley Griffon. He’s not considered the first Black resident of Eugene. But he is the first one mentioned by name, according to scholars.Find Out More
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In January, our elected Board of Commissioners approved an agreement for EWEB to make an unprecedented bulk purchase of substation transformers.Find Out More
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July 28, 2020
These hot days of summer can force even the most frugal among us to click on the air conditioning. But running the A/C can cause a blow to the household budget and increase carbon emissions.
Here in Eugene, a typical room air conditioner running 24/7 will add about $21 a week to your electric bill. If you have a Ductless Heat Pump (DHP), cooling your house around the clock will cost around $9 a week.
In addition to the budget impact, cooling your home can warm the planet.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners add roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year—the equivalent of 30 coal-fired power plants.
If you're looking for alternatives to A/C, here are five no-cost, tried and true ways to keep cool, save money and stay efficient.
After sunset when the outside temperature dips, open your windows and leave them open throughout the night. By morning, your house will be nice and cool. Just be sure to close all the windows before it starts to heat up outside.
Use curtains or shades to keep sunlight from warming your home. If you still want a little sunlight, open the curtains on windows that don't face the sun directly. Bonus tip: Shading OUTSIDE the window is most effective, because it stops the sun's heat before it can enter through the window.
Fans use less energy than AC units and can extend the comfortable temperature range of your home. Just remember that fans cool people, not rooms. Turning off the fan when you're not in the room to enjoy the benefits will help save energy.
At night and in the early morning hours, when it's cooler outside than inside, use fans in windows to pull cool air in and draw warm air out.
Appliances can produce unnecessary heat. In the kitchen, using slow cookers, pressure cookers or microwaves, will keep your home cooler than the stove or oven. Wait until you have a full load to run your clothes washer and dishwasher and run them in the evening when it's cooler. Using energy during "off peak" hours can also help reduce carbon emissions.
If you decide air conditioning is a necessity for you, be sure the model you choose is Energy Star rated. And if a major upgrade is part of your plans, consider a Ductless Heat Pump. Ductless systems provide significant bill savings, improve air quality, and offer year-round comfort with a built-in air conditioner.
EWEB offers rebates and loans to help with the upfront cost of ductless systems, including expanded rebates for rentals and income-qualifying customers.
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