Dual Fuel




Combine two heat sources to best fit your home and tailor your energy investment to meet your heating needs. Stearns Electric Association’s Dual Fuel program offers the option to incorporate a low-cost electric heat source with an alternate heating system.


In a Dual Fuel heating system, an electric heat source, such as a boiler is used in conjunction with fuel oil, propane, natural gas, wood or electric storage heat as the backup heating system, to receive our EnergyWise® rate.

Dual Fuel is a “controlled” electric heating program which helps save money and conserves energy. When demand for electricity is high the electric heat source is shut off, or controlled (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours during a day. During control periods, your home’s backup system provides the heat you need.


Minimum kW

Any electric heating system of 9kW or more, combined with an acceptable backup heating system, qualifies for the Dual Fuel Program.


Acceptable Electric Heat Sources:

  • Base Board Resistance
  • Hydronic Base Board
  • Cove Resistance
  • Central Furnace
  • Ceiling Panel Resistance
  • Slab Floor Resistance
  • Slab Floor Storage Heating
  • Hydronic Slab Floor
  • Electric Boiler


Acceptable Backup Systems:

  • Fuel Oil Furnace
  • Fuel Oil Boiler
  • Propane Furnace
  • Propane Boiler
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Natural Gas Boiler
  • Wood Furnace
  • Wood Boiler
  • Electric Thermal Storage



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For Questions or to Sign Up Contact:

Stearns Electric EnergyWise Team

Phone: (320) 363-4630 or Toll-free: (800) 448-1737

Fax: (320) 363-4631