If you are a Snohomish County PUD customer, do you want an incentive to lower your power bill?  The PUD has launched a pilot program named FlexEnergy, and they are looking for volunteers to participate that can lower your power bill.

There are two groups of volunteers – those with existing smart technology devices in their homes already, and those who do not have those devices yet.

Most people do not have smart devices in their home, so let’s start with this group. You can enroll in the PUD’s FlexEnergy Customer Choice pilot that encourages customers to alter their energy use habits. For example, adjust your heating or cooling needs a few degrees during select days and times, or running your dishwasher or laundry at night. The purpose here is to use energy during off-peak times.

For those with smart devices such as electric vehicle chargers, or smart thermostats, the PUD’s incentive program offers options that also encourage power use during nighttime or off-peak hours.

The PUD’s FlexEnergy pilots are voluntary and are available to customers who meet eligibility requirements. By enrolling, customers will earn bill credits, offering the opportunity to save money on their power bill.

PUD CEO/General Manager said, “As we make plans to build the grid of the future that will meet customers’ energy demands, we want to partner with our customers to ensure that energy remains reliable and environmentally sustainable. Shifting usage from peak demand periods, when there is the greatest strain on the grid, to when energy is more available saves money for all of our customers.”

Kelly Strand, PUD Customer and Energy Services Program Manager, noted, “These pilots will help the PUD learn more about customer usage flexibility and adoption of new pilot designs.”

To volunteer and participate in the PUD’s FlexEnergy pilot program, customers are required to consent to install a new meter. This meter is not an advanced meter or associated with the PUD’s Connect Up program.

To enroll in the FlexEnergy pilot or for more information, visit snopud.com/flexenergy .

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.