PUD 3 Addresses High Power Bills

Recently, residents have been experiencing higher than normal power bills. Numerous Mason PUD 3 customers used social media to voice their concerns and frustrations about their electricity use over the past couple of months. Tuesday, PUD 3 staff addressed many of those concerns and explained that recent cold temperatures have resulted in increased electrical use which in turn leads to higher power bills.

Joel Myer, the PUD’s Public Information and Government Relations Manager, and Justin Holzgrove, Engineering & Community Relations Manager, gave a presentation on the situation to the PUD 3 Board of Commissioners.

Myer and Holzgrove also discussed the programs available to help customers with their high bills. You can find more information on those programs on the PUD’s website, www.pud3.org; by calling the PUD 360-428-8255, or by attending a Winter Heating Bill Workshop Thursday.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, PUD 3 Manager Annette Creekpaum, made the following statement:

One family has been it particularly hard by their energy consumption and they testified Tuesday.

PUD 3 will be open after-hours to provide customers with a special time to review winter heating bills and take advantage of PUD 3’s assistance programs.

PUD 3 customers are invited to come to the workshop at the Johns Prairie Operations Center (2621 E Johns Prairie Rd. Shelton, WA) on Thursday, February 2, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to discuss their winter bills. This will be an open house format; come any time.

There will be representatives available from the customer service and conservation departments to help: review your energy usage; answer questions about your bill; sign you up for budget billing; make payment arrangements; schedule a home energy audit; and discuss available energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

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