Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 15 NO. 12  -  December 2012

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance

Christmas Open House  

Come to the Christmas Open House and Sale at the North Itasca Electric Cooperative headquarters in Bigfork on Thursday Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7. Stop in and visit with our new CEO Jared Echternach and enjoy coffee, cider and rolls while you look over all the appliances for sale. Christmas mugs are available while supplies last.

On Friday, enjoy hay rides between 6 and 8 p.m. Santa has told us he expects to arrive by fire truck at 7 p.m. Sign up at the office for the special Kid's Drawing. There are lots of door prizes for adults, too!


Energy Reduction Contest Final Results 

During the month of October, an energy reduction contest took place with 7 participants signing up. The purpose for this contest was to show members how much more energy is consumed over and above that which is actually needed for our daily lives and how much it costs for those extra conveniences.

The first three participants received credits on their energy bills. 1st place winner $100.00 credit, Second place winner $50.00 credit and third place winner $25.00 credit.


Richard LeVasseurís Dual Fuel Installation  

by Jerry Loney, Energy Management Specialist

In the winter of 2011, Richard and Joan LeVasseur contacted North Itasca Electric to discuss using the Dual Fuel Program to reduce the cost of heating their home. Because the existing home heating system was a hot water boiler with baseboard radiation using propane (which would be used for a backup heat source), they qualified for the Dual Fuel heating program.

An appointment was made with North Itasca Electric to visit their home for a heat loss calculation to determine the size of equipment needed. It was determined that a 13 kW was sufficient to satisfy their needs. However, the price difference between a 13 kW and a 15 kW boiler was so small, they decided to purchase a 15 kW Electro-Industries boiler. At the time of installation, the rate for Dual Fuel was $.048 per kWh. Todayís rate is $.052.


December 2012 Calendar of Events 

1-15 Edge Gallery holiday gift show, Woodland Splendor, runs through Dec. 15. The Edge Gallery is open Thurs-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
4 Northwoods Quilters Christmas Party 10 a.m., Colony Square in Grand Rapids. Potluck lunch, bring a dish to share.
4 North Country Gardeners, 7 p.m.. Marcell Family Center. Program, "Creating Winter Decorations" with Kelly Barrett
6 Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Subject :"Whatever Comes to Mind." Coffee and treats, all ages welcome.
6,7 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND SALE at North Itasca Electric headquarters in Bigfork. Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. until Santa leaves
7 Lake Country Seniors Christmas Party, 12 noon at Timberwolf Inn north of Marcell.