Energy Wise® Heating and Cooling Options
Lake Country Power offers a variety of electric heating and cooling options to fit the needs of your home, cabin or business. These Energy Wise® programs are offered at a reduced rate to help lower your energy bills. Each program varies in the way it heats and cools, so you can choose the method that best meets your needs.
Energy Wise programs are safe, clean, energy-efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems.
Take control of your energy costs. Our member service representatives can work with you to make sure you get the best program option to match your heating and cooling needs. Call us today at 800-421-9959 or visit Contractor Resources for contractor information.
Today’s Load Control
View today’s load control as administered and updated daily by Great River Energy, Lake Country Power’s wholesale power supplier. Control times are subject to change. All times are approximate.
Online Audit Tools
The Home Energy Saver (HES) website (http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer) is an online audit tool for homeowners and renters. The site recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. It also estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how to reduce it.
Brief overview of Energy Wise programs:
Lake Country Power’s off-peak water heating program provides a low-cost water heating option for your home or business.
A minimum of a 100-gallon electric water heater is required. The water heater is energized or “turned on” for a minimum of eight hours per day, generally between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Lake Country Power stocks and sells Marathon brand electric water heaters, which is a perfect match for the off-peak water heating program.
View a video/DVD about off-peak systems.
Visit the Marathon water heater official website.
This new water heating program is great for cabins or homes with limited space for a larger water heater tank. It also works well for commercial members in small kitchens and bathroom areas.
The program supplies hot water over a peak period while the electrical supply is interrupted up to eight hours a day. A water heater of at least 50 gallons or more is required.
Off-peak electric heat systems convert electricity into heat during “off-peak” hours (usually at night). The stored heat is distributed later, as needed, to heat your home 24 hours a day. Lake Country Power offers competitive off-peak rates for:
• Room storage heaters
• Central storage system
• Slab storage heat
Dual Fuel The dual fuel heating program allows you to combine electric and non-electric heating sources to provide you another great alternative for your heating needs. If you have a backup heating system that is capable of heating your entire home or business, along with electric heat as your primary source, you can bank on the savings and security of two systems.
When demand for electricity is high, the electric heat source is shut off, or controlled (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours. During control periods, your home’s back-up heating system provides the heat you need.
Cycled / Interruptible Air Conditioning
You can get cost-effective cool comfort all summer long while helping reduce demand for electricity and control power costs with our cycled air conditioning program.
The cycled air conditioning program is controlled similarly to dual fuel heating, with the exception of control times. A central air conditioning system is required to qualify for the program.
During control periods, units are “cycled” on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes during the control period. Members who cool their homes with cycled air conditioning rarely notice when we control or cycle air conditioners.
Get heating and cooling with the help of our natural resources!
Heat pumps help you capture naturally occurring heat from the earth or the air and move it where you want; indoors in winter, outdoors in summer. And the technology is one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems you can choose.
Federal Tax Credits: Be sure to ask your building contractor about federal tax credits that may be available for 30% of the cost of buying and installing heat pump systems.
Expires: December 31, 2016
Details: Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify. Visit www.energystar.gov for more information, or contact your tax accountant.
Important: Please read this reminder if you plan to use our load management / EnergyWise programs.