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
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
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
National Preparedness Month: Older adults take control in 1, 2, 3
We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the extreme weather events and emergencies we face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, depend on electricity for medical needs, or live in rural areas.Find Out More
How does EWEB recover the costs of serving customers
Here’s an overview of the three primary ways EWEB recovers the costs of serving customers and generates the funds needed to keep the power on and the water flowing.Find Out More
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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Heating System?
November 15, 2019
Cold weather is coming, and that means households will rely on their heating systems to stay healthy and comfortable. Running the heat 24 hours a day, and the occasional extreme cold snap, like the ones we've seen in the last few years, can put stress on older, inefficient equipment, potentially leading to expensive emergency repairs.
At some point, it may be time for a new heating system for your home or rental property. But how do you know if the system needs replacement or repair?
Here are some signs that it may be time to upgrade your heating system:
It's more than 15 years old
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems require proper, regular maintenance in order to work efficiently, but even in the best-case scenarios, most systems last only 15 to 20 years.
Increase in the electricity bill
When heating systems are not working to their full capacity, they typically use more energy than normal causing your bill to go up. Your EWEB bill shows how much electricity you use each month, making it easy to compare usage over time.
More system noise
If the heating system seems louder than usual, it could mean there's a problem or the equipment is wearing out. Contact a professional to determine if your system needs a repair or if it needs to be replaced.
Decreasing home comfort
Uneven heating is often a sign that your system isn't working as efficiently as it should.
If it sounds like the heating system in your home or rental property is reaching the end of its useful life, you might want to consider replacing it with a new, high-efficiency heat pump. A ductless heat pump is cheaper to install and operate than any other heating system, easy to maintain, provides significant bill savings, improves air quality, and comes standard with built-in air conditioner. Replace your older furnace before winter weather arrives, and you can enjoy those benefits all year long.