Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 24 NO.7  -  July 2020

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Ladies and Gentlemen of North Itasca,

Wow, we have had a nice stretch of weather lately. I finally got a chance to do a little fishing with my family. We struck out on Sand Lake but redeemed ourselves on Lake of the Woods. We have all heard the saying, "It's not really about the fish." I do have to admit, it is much easier to keep my daughters entertained when we are throwing a few in the live well.

Unfortunately, we will not always see such a nice stretch of weather. Are you prepared for what Mother Nature has in store for us this summer? I was at a game night with my family and friends that I wrote about a few months ago, part of this fun was to be prepared. Everyone was tasked to put together a go bag. What would you need in an emergency? I see Jerry has some additional information about emergency preparedness in the WATTS for you this month, I ask that you check that out.


Benefits of electricity over propane  

by Jerry Loney, Manager, Member Services,

Many have received flyers in the mail early this summer advertising propane at a low price, but is it the best value?

Propane prices do not remain the same throughout the year and many wait anxiously for spring to arrive so they can avoid a refill. A path through the snow needs to be maintained for periodic checks of the tank's level to keep from running out, and for the propane truck if more is needed. If your tank level and the outdoor temperature get extremely low, the reduced pressure in the tank may not be sufficient to deliver enough fuel to your appliances and furnace, preventing them from igniting.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative

This sure has been a crazy year; nothing normal about it! But we must look forward!

Things are starting to open back up so we can have a little normalcy back and hopefully it will continue to improve through the summer.

As you all know the government extended taxes into July, we thought we would do something to help, as well. So this month, we are running a "No Sales Tax Sale." That's right! You don't pay any sales tax on any appliances you purchase through the month of July! The price on the tag is all you pay to take it out the door.


Stay cool with an Air Source Heat Pump 

Stay cool this summer with the additional benefit of saving on your heating costs this winter with a new Air Source Heat Pump.

North Itasca Electric has increased its rebate dollars on both Ductless and Central Heat Pump systems until rebate dollars run out. For those installing a Ductless Air Source Heat Pump system, there is a rebate of $750.00 and for those installing a Central Air Source Heat Pump, $1,000,00.

Although efficiencies for cooling with these heat pumps are good; heating efficiencies are as high as 300 percent. This means they produce the same amount of heat of a standard heating system for 1/3 the cost. For those placing their Central systems on the Dual Fuel program rate of $0.565 per kWh, the savings becomes even greater; equating to $0.019 per kWh to heat your home.

For more information, call Jerry Loney at (218) 743-1313 today.

July 2020 Calendar of Events 

Regularly scheduled meetings, some have resumed in-person meetings. Contact organization for the latest information:

7 Bigfork Valley Hospital Board meeting, 9 a.m. Open to the public via videoconferencing/call-in: call 743-1772 for information.
7 Mizpah City Council, 7 p.m.
8 Northome's Farmers Market: Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the North Woods Craft Store parking lot. Note that the craft store will not be open this summer.
8 ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.