Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 18 NO. 10  -  October 2015

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

Co-op Connections Business Profile 

Cozy Air 

by Sally Sedgwick

Itís a new world out there in the HVAC business.

At one time you just had to know how to do ductwork, explained Denis Williams of Cozy Air Heating and Plumbing in Marcell. Now, itís about routers and electronics.

Denis owns Cozy Air with his son Josh and has seen the industry change over the 30 plus years he has been in it. Today he can pull out his cell phone and check the temperature, humidity and fan speed at his home Ė even if he is miles away. He can also adjust the heating or cooling to change that temperature.


Community Solar Program energized 

by Jared Echternach, CEO

On August 24, North Itascaís SolarWise® Community Solar Program was energized. I thank and congratulate all who were involved in the projectís development and to those members who chose to participate.

A ribbon cutting was held September 8 to honor those who are leading the way in community solar. Since the ribbon cutting we have sold the output of several additional panels and we are nearly fully subscribed with 19 of the 20 panels spoken for.

As of this writing there is one panel remaining, so if you are considering community solar you might want to act quickly before the panels are fully subscribed.


Can light bulbs really be that different? 

As you can see in the chart, the differences are substantial. Lifespans range from one year up to 25 years before replacement, and wattages, 5 watts to 100 watts.

You will also see in the chart that lumens accompany wattage. If you recently purchased light bulbs, you have noticed that lumens have replaced wattages when selecting the light output you desire. Until people become comfortable with using lumens as a means of selecting light output, instead of the wattage (which tells us the amount of energy the bulb consumes), wattage will still appear on the bulb packages.

Let's look at changing out one 75 watt incandescent with a 15 watt LED. The light output is the same, but the energy consumed is much less:

75 watt Ė 15 watt = 60 watts reduction
60 watts per hour x 5 hours per day = 300 watts (109,500 watts per year)
109,500 watts / 1000 = 109.5 kWh per year
109.5 x .11 (rate) = $12.05 savings per bulb, per year


October 2015 Calendar of Events 

1 Storytelling, Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome, treats and coffee served.
1 Opening of Anawe Mitigookweg Akiminan: A Circle of Woodland Women at the Edge Center in Bigfork. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Oct.2, 5-7 p.m. when there will be readings, music and speakers. Gallery open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Exhibit continues through Oct. 31. Free admission.
2 RoundUp applications due at headquarters, 4:30 p.m.
2 Great Lakes Woodland Skirts Fashion Show by Delina White at the Edge Center, Bigfork, 7 p.m. after the artists' reception. The first of five shows around the state, it will highlight the sewing and beadwork in the ancestral style and with traditional materials.
6 ISD 318 School Board meets at Bigfork School, 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. public forum).