Wind Brings Down Power Lines

EUGENE, Ore. — As soon as the winds picked up this weekend, the lights went out at homes all over Lane County. “We got our first call about a quarter to five yesterday morning. Reports of high winds, essentially tree and branch failure, some lines were taken down, cross arms were broken, things like that,” … Continue reading »

Local Kids Visit Parents at EPUD

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents, you likely had some tag-alongs Thursday. It was National Take Your Child to Work Day. Some employees at Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD) had some activities planned for their children. Kids took part in different activities to teach them about public utilities while keeping them entertained. Everything from utility safety to … Continue reading »

The Cost of Heating Your Home

EUGENE, Ore. — This cold weather stretch is also costing us money. The Emerald People’s Utility District says for a 1,600 square foot home with a heat pump, it will cost you 63 cents an hour to maintain your home at 65 degrees when it’s 28 degrees outside. When it’s 34 degrees outside, that drops … Continue reading »

Calculating Home Heating Costs

EUGENE, Ore. — With freezing temps in Western Oregon this week, how much does it cost to keep homes warm? The Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD) says for every two-degree drop outside, your heating system–electric, natural gas or wood stove–is working 6 percent harder to maintain heat. How energy efficient your home is will impact … Continue reading »