rate adjustment for the water softeners occurred on Jan. 1, 2004. Rates are being adjusted to cover the increase in water softeners, parts and other service expenses. Federal legislation on the use of specific metal components is also contributing to increased costs. Residential and commercial accounts using the one cubic foot water softeners will have their cost increase by $.61/month.
New Holstein Utilities receives its electric power supply from WPPI Energy, located in Sun Prairie. Through WPPI Energy, NHU receives a mix of electricity that is generated by coal, nuclear, natural gas and renewable energy resources. Wholesale pricing has remained relatively stable over the past several years and NHU is not anticipating a rate adjustment for electric service in 2014.
The extremely harsh winter has imprinted the importance of energy efficiency and conservation on the minds of consumers not only in the Midwest and Northeast but in parts of the deep South of the U. S. as well. There is no better time than the present for New Holstein Utilities’ customers to take advantage of local and state energy efficiency programs.
In 2013, New Holstein residential and business customers implemented energy saving measures that will reduce their energy consumption by 795,000 kilowatt hours over the next year. These customers also received more than $99,000 in incentives from the state’s Focus on Energy program or from NHU for their
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qualifying improvements and purchases. Programs range from special discount pricing on efficient lighting at local retailers to cash back incentives for the purchase of qualifying equipment, home weatherization improvements and recycling old appliances.
Some popular residential programs include:
n New Holstein Utilities Energy Star Partners Appliance Rebate Program: NHU customers can receive from $10 to $100 back towards the purchase of certain Energy Star qualified appliances.
n Focus on Energy’s Residential and Enhanced Rewards: Cash-back rewards ($100 to $1,000) from Focus on Energy when installing qualified energy efficient heating and cooling equipment or adding attic insulation.
n Focus on Energy’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program: Professional Home Energy Assessment and incentives available to offset costs of recommended air sealing and insulation improvements. An additional enhanced rewards program offers free assessment and covers up to $2,000 of the improvement costs for income qualified applicants.
n Focus on Energy’s Appliance Recycling Program: $40 incentive and free pickup of old, working refrigerators or freezers.
Popular business programs include:
n Focus on Energy’s Small Business Program: Small businesses with average peak monthly electric demand less than 100 kW may be eligible for a free energy assessment and the installation of free energy savings products. Additional products can be installed for co-pays of $129 to $295 or more depending on equipment.
n Focus on Energy’s Business Incentive Program: Medium to large businesses with average peak monthly electric demand between 100 kW and 1,000 kW may be eligible for financial incentives toward energy efficient equipment installations including lighting, HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration, VFDs, information systems, renewables and more.
n Focus on Energy’s Multi-Family Direct Install Program: Owners, managers, or maintenance staff of multi-family properties (four-plus units) may be eligible for free energy saving products and installation to multifamily properties including water saving showerheads, faucet aerators, and CFL bulbs. Financial incentives toward energy efficient equipment installations are also available.
n New Holstein Utilities Shared Savings Program: Business customers may be eligible for a low-interest loan ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 to cover the up-front cost of qualifying efficiency improvements.
In addition, New Holstein Utilities now offers Power Pulse, a quarterly online newsletter designed for business customers regardless of their size. The newsletter provides the latest information on energy efficiency programs, services, training and technology that can help local businesses control energy costs.
For more information on these and
other programs, visit www.nhutilities.org,www.focusonenergy.com,or call
New Holstein Utilities’ Energy Services Representative Frank Barth at (920) 573-0155.
New Holstein Utilities continues to offer its customers easy payment options through budget billing, automatic payment plan and an online payment program (available for a small fee).
Its recycling programs continue to be popular with customers and are typically offered once or twice each year. Calumet County will again be having a Clean Sweep event this spring. The event will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 8 to 11 a. m. at the New Holstein Public Works Garage located at 1319 Taft Ave. Watch for more details in the near future about this event.
Three $500 scholarships will be offered to graduating high school seniors in the spring. Only students of NHU customers are eligible to apply. Applications are available on the NHU Web site or at the NHU office and are due by May 1.
New Holstein Utilities looks forward to serving their customers in 2014. Customers are always encouraged to contact NHU with any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions that they may have for the utility. After all, they are the owners of New Holstein Utilities!