We Power: 10 Seattle Summer Attractions

It takes great power to make the Seattle area as exciting as it is; power that’s fueled by people and technology. Unlike some electric utilities that are driven by investors, City Light is a publicly owned utility which answers to its customers. Together, we power some pretty amazing things and we do it carbon free.

Summer is right around the corner and you’re probably planning your time in the sun right now. Here’s a top 10 list of “we power” summer attractions to help you appreciate how we do things in Seattle.

Seattle City Light Teams Up with Mariners, Sounders for Energy Conservation Power Play

Seattle City Light has teamed up with the Mariners and Sounders this year to increase customer awareness of energy conservation and efficiency programs.

City Light customers will encounter advertising through television, radio, print, online, social media and in-stadium experiences.

Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz is featured in two television ads, which describe the advantages of energy efficient LED lighting and how customers can help people in financial crisis pay their utility bills through Project Share.

Safeco Field also is displaying a City Light Power Meter on the 100 level councourse, showing the electricity, solar power and natural gas being used at the stadium in near real time.

Upcoming advertising with the Sounders will include Spanish language spots on El Rey 1380 AM in addition to the English versions on KIRO 97.3.

For more information visit seattle.gov/WePower or in Spanish at seattle.gov/energizamos.

Seattle City Light Presents On-field at Seattle Mariners Game

Seattle City Light recognized ArtHouse Apartments on-field at the Mariners’ game Aug. 26 for their participation in the Powerful Neighborhoods Program.

Apartment Manager Cassandra Bretscher was welcomed on the field to receive a certificate from Craig Smith, City Light’s director of conservation resources.

By participating in the program, ArtHouse Apartments will save over $31,000 a year on electricity costs.

City Light’s Powerful Neighborhoods Program provides energy-saving upgrades to save money and improve tenant satisfaction in Seattle neighborhoods. Properties with five or more units receive free energy-efficient LED lighting directly installed in all units, as well as free water saving showerheads and faucet aerators for installation.

To learn more about our Powerful Neighborhoods program, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve/multifamily/install.htm


Mariners Recognize Seattle City Light for Partnership in Energy Efficiency

Seattle City Light and nine other organizations that have helped the Seattle Mariners reduce the environmental impact of Safeco Field operations will be recognized before tonight’s Earth Day game vs. the Houston Astros.

City Light recently provided energy efficiency incentives to help the Mariners replace 579 field and work lights with energy efficient LEDs, which made Safeco Field the first Major League Baseball stadium with all LED lighting for its playing field.

The lighting upgrade will reduce the Mariners’ electricity consumption by about 778,000 kilowatt-hours and save the team about $54,000 per year.

City Light supports energy conservation as its first resource of choice to meet the energy needs of our customers. Helping customers reduce their energy consumption through efficiency upgrades also is more cost-effective than purchasing additional electricity on the energy market or building a new power plant.

City Light is providing about $196,000 in incentives for the project, which is about 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour saved.

For tonight’s game, the Mariners used City Light’s Green Up program to purchase 47 kilowatt-hours of electricity from renewable energy resources, including wind farms and dairy gas plants. That’s the expected energy consumption for the entire stadium during the game.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


City Light Recognizes inHaus Development as an Energy Efficiency Superstar

Seattle City Light will recognize inHaus Development and its Solo Lofts team as energy efficiency superstars at tonight’s game between the Mariners and the Red Sox.

inHaus is currently developing Solo Lofts, a 20 unit boutique condominium building now selling in Ballard. This all-electric, Built Green, 4-star project incorporates energy saving technology inside and out.

“We’re actively trying to do things better rather than slapping something on the wall and calling it green,” inHaus co-owner Dave deBruyn said.

Among the energy saving features are extra insulation, fiberglass windows, ENERGY STAR appliances, on-demand hot water and WaterSense® fixtures. The building is expected to use 18 to 19 percent less electricity than a similar building that was built to meet building code requirements. The building will also be wired so solar panels could be installed at a later date.

Since the inception of inHaus in 2010, energy efficient design has been an inherent part of its operations. deBruyn said certified energy efficient homes in Seattle and Portland have sold at 10 to 20 percent more than standard homes, which is good for inHaus, the environment, and especially for the people who buy the homes..

Seattle City Light is recognizing inHaus as energy efficiency superstars and for doing their part to keep conservation a top priority for you and the city of Seattle because the less we use the more we all save. Find out how you can be an energy efficiency superstar and lower your bill at your home or business by visiting seattle.gov/WePower.