Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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Energy Savers

We often get questions asking if there are any kinds of gadgets to help customers learn more about their energy usage and to save money on their bill. You don't always need to buy a gadget to save energy. For example, you can use a clothesline or drying rack to dry your clothes instead of using your dryer.

To find out where you might save energy, here are gadgets that we have learned about from employees and customers. (The PUD does not endorse any of the following products.) If you have suggestions for an energy-saving gadget, please let us know.

Bye Bye Standby Energy-Saving Kit – A smart device that completely cuts power to electronics when they’re not in use. Simply plug the items into the adapter to start saving energy.

Kill A Watt Meter – These devices help you assess where you’re wasting energy. Just plug in the appliance or electronics item into the meter to get a read on actual energy use by hour, day, month or year.

You can check-out one of these meters through the Sno-Isle Library System (3 meters are also available at the Everett Library).

PowerCost Monitor – Get real-time info on your electrical usage by installing this device on your electrical meter.  Information is transmitted wirelessly to in-home receiver/display. Track actual energy use, measure energy use changes and estimate future energy use. Click here for more information.
Smart Strip – An easy way to automatically power down peripheral electronic devices in your home when you turn off the main unit, such as your computer CPU.  Many people leave printers or DVD players on even when they’re not in use, unnecessarily wasting electricity.
Infrared Temperature Gauge – This device helps you increase the efficiency of your home’s insulation by identifying problem areas around drafty windows and doors and other soft spots around your home. A thermal reference light indicates hot and cold spots.
Smoke Pencil - This non-toxic tool generates a small amount of smoke to help you identify drafts or air leaks in your home. Pull the trigger on the smoke pencil near the area that you suspect a draft and see how the smoke moves to show the air movement. The light on the end of the smoke pencil illuminates the smoke and the area you are testing for easy air movement detection. Use it to see if your fireplace chimney will draft properly or test if your damper is sealing tightly. See if your windows and doors are weatherstripped well and seal tight. Test to see if you need to tape or mastic the HVAC ducts in your basement or attic.

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Energy Forward

Super Efficient Electronics

If you’re shopping for a new television, desktop computer or monitor, look for the bright orange “Energy Forward” label for products that are at least 30 percent more energy efficient than other models. Many of the TVs, for example, can save consumers hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the unit. Look for the new labeling starting fall 2010. Consumers can find the most energy-efficient electronics throughout the Northwest, at quality retailers including Sears, Wal-Mart, Costco, Kmart, Sam’s Club and a range of regional and independent retailers.

Television use alone in the Northwest consumes nearly 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours each year, according to estimates from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. And that use is growing exponentially. The International Energy Agency estimates that consumer electronics represent 15 percent of worldwide home power demand — with television use a major portion of that. The agency estimates that without major changes, that percentage is expected to triple by 2030.

“If all consumers in the Pacific Northwest purchased these Energy Forward TVs over other models, we could save enough electricity to power all the homes in Seattle and Spokane for one year,” said Stephanie Fleming, senior manager of NEEA’s residential sector. “Northwest consumers would save an estimated $60 million in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 60,000 cars from the road.”

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