Energy Wise Programs
- What is Energy Wise? Load management programs allow the cooperative to manage and maintain the flow of power required during high energy demand days. The cooperative determines when load management is needed.
- How do these programs help the cooperative? Implementing load management programs helps reduce the amount of wholesale power the co-op needs to purchase. When this happens, we pass the cost savings on to our members.
- Who can participate? Any residential member. All Energy Wise programs are voluntary.
- What programs are available? Heating, cooling and electric water heating programs can be combined for maximum savings. Some programs are absolutely free, and others have installation costs. Check out our Energy Wise Terms and Conditions.
- What’s the benefit for participating? Members receive a bill credit or pay reduced electric rates (10-50% lower). Rebates are also available for Energy Wise installations on various electric products.
Qualifying Energy Wise Products
Receive a 10% discount on all energy usage billed to your main meter on statements dated June -September each year. In return, members allow MVEC to cycle their air conditioner on and off every 15 minutes only on days when there is a high peak demand on the system.
*Wall and window units do not qualify
Air Source Heat Pump
A heat pump doesn’t sound like a likely candidate to cool a home. But with an air source heat pump (ASHP), you get air conditioning, plus a cost-effective supplemental heat source for the spring and fall. When combined with an Energy Wise program, an ASHP can easily deliver $2-$3 worth of cooling or heating for every dollar spent to operate. Enjoy cooling and heating with this economical product.
Heat pumps and air conditioners must be central systems to operate on Energy Wise programs and qualify for MVEC rebates. Mini splits do qualify as a central system, but we do have a rebate for Energy Star models.
Ground Source Heat Pump
A ground source heat pump (GSHP) relies on the relative warmth of the earth for its cooling and heating production. This lets you take advantage of consistent temperatures below the ground, all year-round. A GSHP functions just like other types of heat pumps, using a refrigeration cycle to move heat between the indoors and outdoors. These units can be up to 300% efficient.
Air Source Heat Pump
An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) offers you the best of both worlds. It can efficiently meet your home’s heating needs down to about 15 degrees above zero, saving you money on the cost of running your gas furnace. This same unit also cools your home in the summer. Because they are 200-400% efficient, you can save up to 50% on heating costs with a heat pump. Heat pumps and air conditioners must be central systems to operate on Energy Wise programs and qualify for MVEC rebates. Mini splits do not qualify as a central system.
Ground Source Heat Pump
A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) relies on the relative warmth of the earth for its heating and cooling production. A GSHP does not create heat; it simply moves it from one area to another. Since this product uses free heat from the ground, annual operating expenses can be 35 – 70% lower than most other heating systems available.
Warm up your feet! This product is an economical heating solution for your home. There are many applications available – porches, bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, basements and garages. It is safe, quiet and offers great comfort control.
A Plenum Heater is a simple inexpensive way to add electric heat to your forced-air heating system. The unit fits in the duct work above the gas or oil furnace and comes in a variety of sizes to fit most applications. It contains electric coils and when the thermostat calls for heat, the coils activate.
Easily add heat to your garage or pole barn with an electric garage heater. It can be mounted from the ceiling or wall bracket. It’s compact and offers great comfort control.
Installed along the floor or “baseboard” area of a room, this type of heater is an excellent option for existing homes due to the flexibility and ease of installation. The key to baseboard heaters is airflow. Anything blocking the air flow into and out of the unit will decrease the energy efficiency.
A fan-forced heater is capable of blowing warm air throughout a room. This recessed heating unit typically is installed on a wall or ceiling.
For your convenience, MVEC sells
the Westinghouse brand of electric water heaters, which can be enrolled in an Energy Wise program, allowing you to receive reduced electric rates and/or a bill credit.
Westinghouse Electric Water Heater
- Stainless Steel Tank
- Heavy Duty Insulation
- No anode rod, recessed brass drain
- LIFETIME warranty on the tank
- 80-gallon unit
- 69″ tall x 23.25″ diameter
- 151 pounds
- 100-gallon unit
- 61″ tall x 27″ diameter
- 188 pounds
If you plan on picking up a water heater or any Energy Wise equipment from MVEC’s office, please make arrangements to do so before 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Once you are ready for your Energy Wise meter, please call (952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832 to schedule the installation. Your Energy Wise savings does not start until that process is complete.
Questions? For more information contact:
Mike Orvick or Michael Hinde
(952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832
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