WAPA offers Cooling Tip Sheet, bill stuffer

Just in time for the hot summer months, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has released its 2015 Tip Sheet: Cooling System Maintenance and accompanying bill stuffer for use by electric utilities. The files, available for download below, are ready to be imprinted with your utility or city logo and given to customers.

According to WAPA, both handouts break down the simple steps that keep air conditioners humming efficiently and offer operating tips to make sure a owning cooling system is not like fighting an uphill battle. The tip sheet makes a great handout for customer education events while the bill stuffer provides similar information in a perfect size to fit into a business envelope.

If needed, send WAPA Energy Services an electronic version of your logo and they’ll create the template for you.

Tip Sheet: Cooling System Maintenance (PDF)

Cooling System Maintenance Bill Stuffer (PDF)

Six Heartland customers make upgrades, receive grants

March was a busy month for energy efficiency projects in Heartland customer communities.  Heartland awarded six energy efficiency grants to utilities for making street lighting upgrades and installing new meters.

Miller, SD began a street lighting project upgrading 40 lights from high pressure sodium to LED.  With annual energy savings expected at 14,510 kWh and a simple payback period of less than five years, Miller was awarded a grant of $4,200.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Miller Electric Superintendent Bill Lewellen, Mayor Ron Blachford and Finance Officer Sheila Coss.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Miller Electric Superintendent Bill Lewellen, Mayor Ron Blachford and Finance Officer Sheila Coss.


Bryant, SD received a grant for $5,000 as they recently started upgrading street lights throughout the city, replacing 45 mercury vapor lights and six high pressure sodium lights with LEDs.  The project is a viable one for the city with savings estimated at 29,842 kWh per year and a simple payback of three years.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, center, presents an energy efficiency grant to Bryant Electric Superintendent Garry Ladwig and Mayor Albert Yalowizer.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, center, presents an energy efficiency grant to Bryant Electric Superintendent Garry Ladwig and Mayor Albert Yalowizer.


Madelia, MN started the second phase of their street lighting upgrade this year, replacing 60 high pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs and receiving a grant of $5,000. Annual energy savings are expected at just over 36,000 kWh and the project is expected to pay for itself in energy savings in just over four years.

Heartland Communications Manager presents an energy efficiency grant to Madelia Municipal Light & Power General Manager Jim Maras.

Heartland Communications Manager presents an energy efficiency grant to Madelia Municipal Light & Power General Manager Jim Maras.


High pressure sodium street lights along the highway in Volga, SD are being upgraded to LED.  The city was awarded a grant for $2,800 for replacing 18 fixtures for expected annual savings of 11,245 kWh and a simple payback period of just under five years.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Volga City Administrator Andrew Bremseth.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Volga City Administrator Andrew Bremseth.


Sixty street lights are being replaced in Sioux Falls, SD for expected savings of just over 48,000 kWh annually.  High pressure sodium lights in different sections of the city will be upgraded to LED and the project will see a simple payback of less than five years.  The city was awarded a grant from Heartland for $5,000.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Sioux Falls Light & Power Superintendent Jerry Jongeling and Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Sioux Falls Light & Power Superintendent Jerry Jongeling and Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen.


Truman, MN was awarded an energy efficiency grant of $5,000 for two separate projects.  The city is upgrading 30 high pressure sodium street lights with LEDs for expected annual savings of 22,000 kWh and the project will pay for itself in savings in less than two and a half years.  Truman is also upgrading a portion of the city’s electric meters with an AMR system.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Truman Commission Chair Brad Nickerson, Public Utilities Foreman Justin Anderson and Public Utilities Office Manager Judi Davis.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Truman Commission Chair Brad Nickerson, Public Utilities Foreman Justin Anderson and Public Utilities Office Manager Judi Davis.


Heartland awards energy efficiency grants to customers for projects that improve efficiencies within the city. For more information contact Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland at 605-256-6536 or visit www.youcanpowerforward.com.

Street lighting books and tutorial available at APPA

American Public Power Association’s street lighting package offers two publications and an online tutorial to help your utility manage and improve your street lighting projects.

Street Lighting Best Practices provides guidelines for street light design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Buy this book and get access to an online training tutorial in five modules.

LED Street Lighting Handbook: A Handbook for Small Communities offers guidance to utilities considering an LED street light retrofit. Learn how to analyze the costs and benefits of a retrofit and prepare bid documents, and discover what other communities like yours learned from their projects.

Questions? Email Products@PublicPower.org or call 202-467-2926.

HCPD customers: Don’t forget to visit youcanpowerforward.com to see if your project qualifies for funding assistance!

Energy efficiency for residential and small business customers, courtesy APPA

Public power utilities can bulk order two energy efficiency booklets from American Public Power Association for distribution to their customers.  Available at the APPA Product StoreEnergy Matters for Your Home and Energy Matters for Your Small Business are available at HALF PRICE for APPA members, including Heartland customers.

Energy Matters for Your Home provides residential customers with practical, energy and cost-saving advice. Written with public power customers in mind, this publication is perfect for large-scale distribution to your customers. Along with top tips for saving energy, the booklet highlights key areas, including home weatherization, heating and cooling, lighting and appliances. The booklet also contains references to other resources that your customers can access to obtain additional energy-efficiency information.

Energy Matters for Your Small Business is filled with useful, easy-to-digest information, including top tips for saving energy, understanding energy use, weatherization, lighting, HVAC, office equipment and much more. Whether it is a small office or complex operation, this publication will show your small business customers the benefits of energy management. It is in your utility’s best interests to ensure the long-term viability of small business owners in your community by encouraging energy-efficient and cost-saving practices.

Top 5 reasons to give ENERGY STAR

The best gifts do great things, and the hottest gifts this season are in electronics and home entertainment. But the best gifts are also good for the environment. ENERGY STAR certified home electronics go beyond the latest features and functions to deliver great energy efficiency.

Top 5 Reasons to Give ENERGY STAR

  1. TVs offer the hottest featuresENERGY STAR certified TVs offer the most popular features and technologies—Smart TV functionality, Ultra High Definition, large screens, LED backlighting—and they’re over 25% more energy efficient than standard models.
  2. Sound bars sound even better — Some of the most popular new products—sound bars, wireless speakers, and gadgets with Bluetooth connectivity—can also earn the ENERGY STAR. Your gift will be a sure hit, and be up to 60% more efficient.
  3. Give the “bright” gift — ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs make great gifts and stocking stuffers! We’ve all heard about this exciting new development in light bulb technology, but to get the energy efficiency and performance you expect, look for the ENERGY STAR label. LED bulbs that earn the label are independently certified to ensure they deliver on brightness and color, and shine light where you want it.
  4. ‘Tis the season to be streaming — If your loved ones like streaming movies or videos, let them know that laptops and tablets use the least amount of energy. Slates and tablets that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 10 times less power to stream than a game console does. They use 7 times less power than streaming directly to your television and 6 times less than streaming to a desktop computer and monitor. Now that’s a gift they’ll really love!
  5. The environment is on everyone’s wish list — Shopping for electronics can be overwhelming. The little blue ENERGY STAR label is the simple choice. It says this product delivers much more than innovative technology. It says this product is designed and certified to save energy. Choosing ENERGY STAR says you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping in the fight against climate change. Your loved ones will appreciate that.
Source: ENERGY STAR

ES_LogoENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Visit energystar.gov/changetheworld today and tell all your friends!

Heartland is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR to promote energy efficient products and practices that save money and protect our environment. For more information about our partnership, visit hcpd.com/energyefficiency/partnerships/.