Behind the Meter

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Learn more about the PUD and what we do, how we do it and why, as well as get some tips on conserving energy and staying safe around electricity.


DIY Home Energy Audit

April 1, 2020

While you are at home and may be concerned about energy usage, you can do a basic energy audit to identify problem areas. You can then make changes to lower your energy usage and in turn, save money!

INSULATION: Proper insulation keeps homes at the desired temperature…

Project Help can alleviate burdens

March 19, 2020


Project Help is a long-time program at Okanogan County PUD, funded entirely by donations from our customers. The fund goes to customers experiencing a sudden, unexpected circumstance that makes paying their bills difficult.

The program is designed to serve those who can’…

Sources of our power

February 24, 2020

Did you know that Okanogan County PUD does not generate any of its own power? We buy all the power that we sell to our customers – and it’s nearly half our annual budget.

The Pacific Northwest has a great main source of energy – hydropower. In recent years, our PUD gathered 85-90 percent…

Beware the 'phantom load'

January 31, 2020

It’s not Halloween, but let’s talk about phantoms. Phantom energy loads, that is.

Many of your appliances and electronics consume power when plugged in, even when they are turned off. For example, many items require “standby power” to run clocks, such as coffee makers or microwaves.…

Check your energy usage and your bill with SmartHub

January 23, 2020

I don’t know about you, but my bill is always higher in winter. Sometimes, January or February bills are twice (or more) than May or October.

That will be true for almost everyone who uses electric heat to stay warm. In mid-January, our area experienced a cold snap that doubled some…

Okanogan PUD marks 75 years of operations

January 3, 2020

In 1930, thanks to the efforts of the Washington State Grange, Initiative No. 1 passed with 54 percent of the vote to create public utilities. Before that, electricity was privately owned, and most of those companies didn’t consider serving rural areas to be a priority – there just wasn’t enough…

Winter Efficiency Tips

December 26, 2019

You probably hear all the time about “winterizing.” To prepare for winter heating, and keep those winter energy bills a bit lower, here are some easy and inexpensive DIY things to do:

  • Cover drafty windows with tight-fitting, insulating drapes, shades or heavy-duty clear plastic…