Be Wattsmart Washington – Find out How to Save Energy and Money

June 07, 2011

YAKIMA, Wash. – When you turn off the lights and electronics, you can really turn on the savings.

That’s because Pacific Power offers Washington customers a variety of cash incentives and programs for saving energy, or what the company calls being “wattsmart.”

There are plenty of ways to be wattsmart, such as turning off lights and electronics, buying Energy Star appliances and getting your air conditioner serviced on a regular basis. Customers can learn more at

“We encourage Washington customers to save energy this summer” says Clark Satre, Pacific Power regional community manager. “After all, the summer months are peak times for energy use. Following a few simple guidelines can save them energy and money. That’s the essence of being wattsmart.”

Pacific Power’s energy- and money-saving tips include:

  • Setting the thermostat as high as comfortable: 78 degrees when you’re at home and 87 degrees when you’re away.
  • Tuning up the air conditioner and cleaning or replacing filters monthly.
  • Running major appliances at night, air-drying dishes and using the microwave, toaster oven or barbeque instead of the oven.
  • Setting the water heater at 120 degrees.
  • Keeping blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night.
  • Using window, ceiling and house fans.
  • Washing clothes in cold water and cleaning dryer-lint filters after every use.
  • Eliminating extra freezers or refrigerators, especially if placed outdoors or in the garage. You can recycle them for cash through proper pick-up programs.
  • Using power strips for home electronics, allowing you to turn off everything at once.

More about wattsmart
Energy- and money-saving wattsmart tips and program information are available at Facebook users can get regular wattsmart tips by becoming a fan of Pacific Power’s wattsmart page.

More About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.7 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit