Friday, September 30, 2011
(CHEHALIS) – Crisp overnight weather might have you reaching for the thermostat. A recent rate hike by the Lewis County PUD means you’ll be dipping further into your wallet later. There was an 8-percent increase at the first of the month. There’s also a 5-percent hike looming by next spring. The local power provider wants you to think conservation to help ease the burden. The PUD’s Norm Goodbla says one simple step is to unplug all those electronic gadgets when they’re not being used. Goodbla says DVD players, cordless phones, and other electronics are a growing part of the average household’s energy usage. The PUD links the rate increases to the BPA and a voter approved initiative that requires the local utility to increase the use of green energy.