EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
Let's talk turkey. If a disaster strikes, is your family ready?
Many of us avoid discussing politics over the dinner table in the spirit of family peace and harmony. But here's a topic that can bring everyone together: emergency preparedness.Find Out More
EWEB To Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Proposed 2024 Budget and Prices
At the Nov. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, EWEB staff will present a proposed budget that includes rate increases necessary to support utility operations and make needed infrastructure investments.Find Out More
EWEB now offering a Smart Thermostat rebate program
EWEB is excited to announce a new residential rebate program to provide electric customers with free or greatly discounted Smart Thermostats to customers whose primary source of heating is from an electric forced-air furnace or heat pump.Find Out More
Your EWEB Rates at Work: Investing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow
For more than a century, EWEB has planned, built, and maintained the systems that deliver safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible power and water to Eugene homes and businesses.Find Out More
Have an energy efficient and water conscious holiday season
The holiday season is officially upon us. Whether you are celebrating a special holiday or just sharing a meal with close friends and family, hosting can cause some unexpected energy and water usage increases – resulting in a higher utility bill. We’ve prepared some tips on how you can save energy and water this holiday season.Find Out More
River Road Substation returns to service after infrastructure upgrades
Supply chain shortages and proactive infrastructure investments, including constructing seismic foundations and implementing control modernization, have played a role in the substation's return-to-service timeline.Find Out More
The importance of managed electric vehicle charging explained
EWEB has much to handle related to EV charging infrastructure. To ensure that the switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles reduces the most emissions possible at the lowest cost possible, we need to implement managed EV charging.Find Out More
Fall is the perfect time to prepare for winter storm season
Winter is coming, which increases the likelihood of storm-related power outages. It's important to be prepared, and there are simple actions you can take right now.Find Out More
EWEB seeks public input on electric vehicle, demand response standards
EWEB is seeking public input on the potential adoption of updated standards for electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response programs. The potential standards are derived from the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.Find Out More
As prices increase, what can you do to take control of monthly utility bills?
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners is considering rate changes in 2024. Here are some ways to save money and manage your bill, and how EWEB can help.Find Out More
Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
Finn Rock Reach and other restoration projects throughout the Middle McKenzie provide conditions to help young fish survive to adulthood.Find Out More
EWEB programs reflect community values
EWEB is here to serve our customer-owners and provides programs that reflect the values of our community.Find Out More
Where is EWEB in planning our future electricity supply?
In August, we reached a milestone: EWEB’s five-member elected Board of Commissioners approved an action plan to guide our energy supply choices for the next 2-3 years. How did we get here?Find Out More
Rate Setting Process is Customer Driven and Community Focused
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners is considering rate changes to help maintain reliable utility services and fund critical investments in Eugene’s water and electric infrastructure.Find Out More
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My EV Story: Anthony's Used Nissan LEAF
February 07, 2020
What factors influenced you to drive electric?
During the 2019 snowstorm, a fallen tree branch totaled our family's 2004 yellow Toyota Matrix. Our family of four loved our little car. However, we also used it mostly for around-town travel. The more we looked into a replacement, the more we realized it made more financial, logistical, and environmental sense to go electric.
Why did you choose your specific EV?
We prefer buying reliable used cars, and budget was a big factor for us. As we researched EVs, it stood out to us that a 2013 or newer Nissan LEAF would be a great fit for us. We kept our eye on the market for weeks. We'd learned that it was preferable to find an EV that had been in a temperate climate, as hot or cold climates could be detrimental to battery life. We felt really lucky when a 2016 LEAF came up for sale. It had been in the local area, and it only had 15,000 miles on it!
What do you love most about your EV?
We love the responsive handling, how just easy it is to use, and how much less we spend to have this car! It's so easy to charge the LEAF! Not having to make time for oil changes, gassing up, etc., helps our lives feel simpler and less stressful. We definitely wondered how having an EV would impact our electric bill, but the impact has been minimal. What little extra we pay for electricity is still WAY less than we would be spending on gas.
What advice would you give to friends and family who are looking to purchase EVs?
Take a couple of weeks and really look at and think about how you drive. How much is your car in the shop? How often are you gassing up? How many of your trips are just a few miles at a time? More and more EVs are coming on to the market, and each one can fit a different driver's needs.