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How To Reduce Your Electricity Bill

Written by Pat Boyle on January 20, 2014

Have you received your December electricity bill yet? Tom Gaunt with Pacific Power and Light says the December bill is traditionally the biggest of the year because of cold weather, short days and holiday lights in use.

The utility has several tips on how to reduce power use. The first is to unplug the thug, also known as your phone charger. Phone chargers keep drawing energy while they’re plugged in. It’s also a good idea to shut off computers and other electronic gear when not in use and that includes your kids’ video game systems.

Your TV can be another energy drain. PP and L suggests you dim the display to reduce brightness and contrast. You can improve your heating system by changing the  furnace filter. Also, set the thermostat at 68 degrees. When you are asleep or not home, drop it ten degrees lower.



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2 replies to “How To Reduce Your Electricity Bill

    1. Jeremy Scott

      Thanks Dan for going to all that effort. It was entertaining! Keep in mind it wasn’t the news telling you to do this, it was the utility company.

      Contact: Pacific Power media hotline, Jan. 20, 2014
      1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Holiday gift electronics will increase energy use, but you can still manage bill with simple tips
      Pacific Power can help reduce rise caused by new gadgets, colder temps

      PORTLAND, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest hasn’t suffered the winter storms that have hit other parts of the country, but Pacific Power customers have shared the nationwide blizzard of electronic gifts that blew in under the tree in 2013.

      National surveys show about 17 million new devices–smartphones and tablets mainly–were activated Christmas Day. Now those units, and the other 200 million high tech devices purchased throughout 2013 are plugged in and drawing electricity at the same time that long nights and cold mornings are pushing you toward inching that thermostat up a notch.

      Higher energy usage–and bills–don’t need to be part of your new year.

      “It is true that new electronics, whether they are dishwashers, smartphones or video games, are more energy efficient,” said Karen Gilmore, Pacific Power’s vice president of customer service. “But the simple fact is we all have more of them than ever before. Combined with colder temperatures, this means you may want to take some simple steps to harness your power use before you get a surprise in your bill you would rather not have. As part of our dedication to helping you, Pacific Power wants to give you some tips that will let you enjoy your gadgets, stay warm and manage your power bill, too.”

      Check out and share a new infographic on the Pacific Power website that gives you tips on how to save energy and money even with the cold and the glorious new geegaws. Or use these handy reminders:

      * “Unplug the thug” – Unplug chargers when not in use. They continue to draw energy while they are plugged in.
      * Shut off computers – Some computers and other electronics continue to use energy even when they’re in sleep mode. Plug computers, TVs and video game systems into a power strip that can be easily turned off when the equipment is not in use.
      * Adjust TV settings – Consider dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness and contrast. Settings used for the retail showroom like “vivid” or “dynamic” typically use more energy.
      * Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently.

      * Set your thermostat as low as comfortable; aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.

      Customers can find out more by going to or by calling 888- 221-7070 toll free anytime.

      About Pacific Power
      Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via


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