10 Tips for Saving Electricity During the Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, Seattle City Light urges you to join us in celebrating the season in an energy-efficient, cost efficient way!

Here are a few tips from us to you on reducing electricity consumption through the holiday season:

    1. Got company? Large get-togethers can quickly lead to increased energy consumption. Turn your thermostat down when hosting large parties – the extra body heat will provide enough warmth!
    2. Turn off the lights in your room when the Christmas tree is lit. The tree provides enough lighting on its own, and also adds to the Christmas mood!
    3. Dress warmer at home when the days get cooler. This is much less expensive and more efficient than turning on your thermostat.
    4. What’s a better way to enjoy the holiday season than turning off your electronics and spending quality time with your family?
    5. With all the food you’ll be cooking during the holiday season, make sure you’re saving electricity by not opening the oven door to check on your food unless necessary. Don’t let the heat escape the oven!
    6. Using an electric mattress pad or blanket is cheaper than heating your entire bedroom.
    7. Insulate your home. Plug up any leaks or cracks in your house, and replace your windows with energy-efficient models. Keep your home nice and cozy!
    8. Leaving for winter break? Most electronics use electricity even when they are turned off. Hook up your electronics to a smart power strip so you can completely turn off your electronics when not in use.
    9. Want to get into the holiday spirit by hanging up string lights? Opt for LED string lights – They use 90 percent less energy than traditional string lights!
    10. LASTLY – Feeling creative? Decorate your house with luminaries instead of string lights! 

Large Windstorm Rolls Through Seattle

Winds and rain are kicking up this afternoon in Seattle and other outlying neighborhoods. Many customers could experience power outages from the windstorm.

If you experience an outage, call (206) 684-3000 to report it and visit the Seattle City Light outage map to follow updates on restoration work. City Light’s outage map is mobile friendly.

Seattle City Light wants you to be prepared. Below are some tips to stay safe and warm during an outage.

  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.
  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.


For further updates, follow City Light’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.



City Light Heart and Stroke Walk Volunteers Raise Funds

Earlier this month, nearly 30 volunteers from Seattle City Light participated in the Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, raising about $9,500 to fund life-saving vascular disease research and initiatives in our community.

The annual event celebrates those who have made healthy lifestyle changes and encourages others to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles.

Eight City Light teams helped to raise funds; So far, the team breakdowns are:

  • Seattle City Light Enginerds: $2,626
  • Environmental Affairs and Real Estate: $2,111
  • Bernie O’s Team: $1,846
  • “Team Bubbi” Sebastian the CHD Warrior: $920
  • Seattle City Light Heart Walk: $911
  • Power Walkers: $537
  • Conservation Resources Division: $500
  • The Energizers: $50

Seattle City Light Acquires More Land to Protect Salmon Habitat

Seattle City Light bought two parcels of land northeast of Darrington to preserve salmon habitat. The two 15 acre properties bring the total acreage protected by the utility for fish and wildlife to 13,647 acres.

The newly acquired site on the Suiattle River

With approximately 430 feet of low bank frontage on the Suiattle River, the location is an excellent provider of spawning areas for adult salmon. The forage and edge habitat along the river also allows juvenile fish a safe place to search for food and hide from predators.
The properties were purchased with grant funds totaling just over $73,000 from the State of Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

If you’d like to contribute to the conservation of lands like these, consider volunteering for a planting party this fall. City Light is partnering again with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to provide planting events at various locations; two of which will be on Seattle City Light Endangered Species Act Lands (Dalles Bridge site on Nov. 14 and Iron Mountain Ranch on Nov. 21). Volunteers at the events, which run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help restore native riparian plants in the Skagit and Samish watersheds.

The plants will provide shade and coverage for salmon, as well as, leaf litter, which attract insects for salmon to eat. For more information on the planting parties visit the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group website. Volunteers should RSVP by emailing education@skagitfisheries.org or call 360-336-0172 ext. 304.


Performance to be Held at City Light’s Historic Georgetown Steam Plant

Starting October 24th from 12:00-5:00 pm, Seattle City Light’s historic Georgetown Steam Plant, located adjacent to Boeing Field, will be the site of the choreographed performance project entitled “Study of Time and Motion: Connect/Reposition”

Study of Time and Motion is a collaborative performance project that explores human connection within the modern push towards efficiency. Connect/Reposition is just the second part of the performance series that asks, what impact does our desire for progressive perfection have on human interaction and our relationships with constructed and natural environments?

The performance reactivates motion studies expert Frank Gilbreth’s 18 elemental gestures of efficiency and inefficiency. Inspired by these iconic gestures, performers grasp, position, and reposition objects and themselves with measured cadence. Audience members are both guided and given freedom to navigate through the location to discover movement artists embedded within the plant.