National Energy Awareness Month provides tips to save energy all year

While every month is energy awareness month at Otter Tail Power Co., the company challenged its customers to focus on finding new ways to save during National Energy Awareness Month with these ideas that could help lower the energy use in your home.

Shred your heating bills with a cold-climate heat pump

It’s not a furnace. And it’s not an air conditioner. It’s both! A cold-climate heat pump (CCHP) can lower your heating costs considerably and double as a cooling system in the summer. Fact is, it’ll keep your home comfortable whatever the weather.

CCHPs operate at approximately 400 percent efficiency at 47°F or above, and when temps drop to zero a CCHP can sustain efficiencies of 200 percent or more.

“That means CCHPs deliver two to four units of energy for every one unit of energy consumed,” said Jason Grenier, Otter Tail Power Co.’s market planning manager. “CCHPs are ideal for our northern climate because they’re able to provide up to 90 percent of your space-heating needs. And we offer generous rebates to help you save.”

Homeowners that install a CCHP may qualify for a rebate of $500 per ton. That adds up to a $1,500 to $2,000 for a typical home!

Set up your preferences and let your smart thermostat take it from there!

A smart thermostat lets you automatically control your home’s heating and air conditioning—from anywhere! It can:

  • allow you to manage your home’s settings from any device that’s connected to the Internet (like your smartphone or tablet).
  • help you save energy—and money—by managing a schedule to control the temperature of your home.
  • learn your home energy use preferences over time (advanced models) to make automatic adjustments.

To learn more about additional energy-efficient technologies, call 800-493-3299 or visit

Information from Otter Tail Power Co.
November 2018