Puget Sound Energy is reminding customers that after experiencing record breaking lows over the winter months, power and gas bills may be higher than normal.
Seattle experienced the coldest February in 30 years, which means customers cranked up the heat to stay warm. When temperatures drop into the 30’s or below, your heating system works even harder (therefore using more energy) to keep your home heated.
PSE reminds customers that help is available to pay their heating bills by offering programs and bill payment assistance. More is available at pse.com.
Through a separate program, The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund, PSE customers have donated money to help provide one-time emergency funding to help customers pay their bill. The Warm Home Fund has existed since 1982.
The recent cold snap put a strain on our resources and resulted in the largest amount of natural gas used by our customers in a seven day period from Feb. 4 – 10.
PSE is committed to investing in infrastructures like the Tacoma LNG facility to help provide cleaner natural gas when the demand goes up during the cold winter months.
Here are some tips to help you through the year:
• Set your thermostat 7-10 degrees lower when you’re asleep or away.
• Place inexpensive pipe insulation on exposed hot water pipes.
• Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or “low” setting.
• Think about whether you need that second fridge or freezer in the garage or basement. Older units can cost more than $100 a year to power. If keeping, make sure the fridge is near capacity.
• Weather stripping and door sweeps can be a quick fix to help ensure you’re not using excess energy. Quick fix – roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.