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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 12  -  December 2018

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Next week is Thanksgiving, before we know it, we’ll be bringing in the new year.

I am very pleased to announce that we will be handing out capital credit checks at our North Itasca Electric open house on December 6th and 7th. Please come join us to celebrate the year gone by as well as a bright future. We will have treats to share, Christmas mugs, plenty of conversation, and I hear Santa will stop by on Friday night.

I want to talk about capital credits. Our board of directors approved retiring 1994 and 1995 this year. The total retirement will be to the tune of $378,721 to the members that had an account with NIECI back in those years. North Itasca is working hard to get back to a 20-year capital credit rotation. We are also bringing back handing out checks at the Christmas open house. North Itasca Electric Cooperative Inc has paid out $4,979,842 since we started retiring out capital credits, this year the average check will be about $45 depending on your usage back in the day.


Heating Degree Days; What Are They?  

by Jerry Loney

Heating degree days (HDD) is a measure of time the outdoor temperature is below a thermostat’s set point. HDD measures how much temperature differential (in degrees), and for how long (in days), the outside air temperature remained below that thermostat set point. These calculations are mostly used by professionals experienced in using degree days for a broader energy management strategy to increase building efficiencies, but those technical people who see on their bills the average temperatures can benefit from monitoring HDD also.

Let’s say that last year you took on the great task of improving your home’s energy efficiency, wanting to reduce your heating bills. You added attic insulation, spray foamed around all the outlets, chalked around all the windows and doors, and even replaced the weather stripping. At the end of the heating season, you add up your heating costs to find out that you paid the same amount as you did the year before and say to yourself “What good did it do to spend all that time and money?”


Roxanne’s Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, member services representative

I just want to start off by saying I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner; where has the summer gone? Our Christmas Open House is on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7 which is coming up very fast.

We have had yet another change at the Co-op. We have started carrying some Crosley appliances. Some of you may not know much about Crosley, but they have been a trusted brand since the 1900s. They are an independent dealer brand, which means they do not sell to the big box stores! Therefore, you don’t see them often.


Space Heaters  

by Jerry Loney

The cold temperatures of winter are once again upon us and the roar of furnaces and rumbling of ductwork has come alive. Even though our homes' heating systems are designed to heat the interior space, there always seems to be those certain cooler spots that just don’t get as warm as we would like, (usually next to our lazy chairs as we wind down for the night) and find that a space heater has found its way close by.

A couple years back, you may remember seeing ads on how to save 50 percent on your heating bills by purchasing a certain manufacturer's electric space heater or electric fireplace for around $350-$700. Do not be fooled! Infra-Red Space Heaters consume and give off the same amount of heat as one of lesser cost.


December 2018 Calendar of Events 

1 Arts grant writing workshop provided by Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Shining Light Cafe, 2 p.m. For more information, see
3 ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin Board Room Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. World’s Best Workforce Public Meeting, 6 p.m. Truth in Taxation session, 6:30 pm.
4 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
6 Holiday Craft and Bake Sale at Bigfork Valley, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits senior services.
6, 7 North Itasca Electric Christmas Open House and Sale
8 “Cookies by the Pound” event at the Blackduck History and Art Center.