July 30, 2018

Benton PUD urges customers to save energy

High temperatures are forecast to continue through the week. When temperatures go up, electricity usage goes up and customers may see a big increase in their next bill due solely to usage.  Benton PUD rates have not changed since October 2017, and no increase is forecast for the remainder of the year.


Benton PUD urges customers to save energy now to lessen the impact on their next bill.

“High temperatures can add stress to the electric system from the point of power generation, through transmission and distribution lines, to the end user - our customers. We are fortunate to have the Bonneville Power Administration hydro system and specifically the four lower Snake River dams as the backbone of our power supply,” said Chad Bartram, Benton PUD general manager. “Nonetheless, during this extended heat wave, we urge our customers to conserve energy.   This will benefit the electric system as well as mitigate the impacts of high temperatures on monthly power bills.”

Here are some simple things that can be done to lower usage and help reduce bills-

  • Postpone using any appliance that generates heat to after 8:00 p.m., when outside temperatures are cooler.  This includes the stove, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer.
  • Turn the thermostat up a couple degrees.  A room at 76 – 78 degrees will feel cool when you come indoors from the high temperatures.
  • If you aren’t using electronics, turn them off.  TVs are often left on when no one is watching.
  • Turn off lights when not needed.
  • Close the curtains to keep the sun from heating up a room.
  • Use less hot water. Take shorter, cooler showers. Wash clothes in cool water. 

For energy tips, call 509-582-1234. For outages, report on SmartHub or call 888-582-2176.