Light Reading: Mar./Apr. 2019

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Seattle City Light Funds Glacier Recession Research
Seattle City Light recently funded a study which researched and forecasted the recession patterns of glaciers in our region. The research article, titled “Glacier Recession and the Response of Summer Streamflow in the Pacific Northwest United States, 1960–2099,” explores the recent recession patterns of these glaciers whose melt and water flow will impact hydroelectric power generation, agricultural water supply and the ecological health of the watersheds downstream. Along with funding a portion of the research, City Light advised on the scope of the project to provide insight into when stream flows were most important for power generation, recreation and fish protection.
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Fridge Efficiency 

Still trying to find ways to conserve energy? Look to your refrigerator! Here are a few tips from the Department of Energy* to make your fridge more energy efficient:

  • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold.
  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

For more money and energy-saving tips, visit seattle.gov/light/renterscorner.

*Source: energy.gov/energysaver/appliances-and-electronics/kitchen-appliances

The Alice Ross IV on Diablo Lake

Skagit Tours Reservations Opening Soon! 

Explore the beauty and adventure that the Skagit River has to offer! Reservations for this summer’s Skagit Tours open in April, so get your tickets early. For more information visit SkagitTours.com.
Updates Coming to Your eBilling! 
We are improving the way you pay your City Light and SPU bills online, including enhanced ADA accommodations and the option to receive text alerts. Be sure to follow City Light on social media for updates!

Join the Seattle City Light Customer Forum
Have you ever wanted to share your views about the environment, the future of energy, your bill, or other Seattle City Light services? We’ve created the Customer Forum to make it easier for your voice to be heard. If you are interested in becoming part of our Customer Forum, go to CityLightCustomerForum.com to learn more and become a member.

It All Adds Up
Are you in charge of your energy usage?
How does your energy use affect your bill? Well, it’s like grocery shopping. You decide what’s in your cart. Each item may be just a few dollars but put them all in your cart and IT ALL ADDS UP!
Learn more at energysolutions.seattle.gov/your-home/ways-to-save.

“With ‘Snowmageddon’ in our rearview mirror, now is an excellent time to review your personal and family preparedness plans. The City of Seattle offers several resources to help you get started at seattle.gov/emergency.” 

-Bryan Hovde
Emergency Management Strategic Advisor

Seattle City Light crews are in these neighborhoods, working to provide reliable service:
• Arroyo/South Arbor Heights: installing underground conduits, vaults and streetlights to replace aging infrastructure
• Judkins Park: installing new and replacement poles, new wire, and equipment to improve reliability
• Pioneer Square: increasing electrical reliability and supporting alley restoration by replacing old, damaged underground conduits
• Snohomish County: installing new transmission line wire and equipment between substations to improve regional reliability
• South Lake Union: installing vaults and conduits to connect customers with Denny Substation underground infrastructure.

This is a partial list. For details go to seattle.gov/light/atwork to access our map and learn about individual projects.


Questions, comments or suggestions? Call (206) 684-3000.
Editor: Nathan MacDonald, nathan.macdonald@seattle.gov