EnergyWise® Programs


Stearns Electric Association offers a wide range of programs and technologies to our members to help smartly manage electricity all while ensuring reliability. One of these cutting-edge technologies, for example, allows members to buy energy when it’s cheapest (during off-peak times), then store it and put it to use when it’s needed. Learn more about these EnergyWise® programs below.

EnergyWise® Dual Fuel Heating

To qualify for this EnergyWise® program you must have two sources of heat; one electric and one alternative source. The electric heat is your primary heating source and is supplemented during peak demand periods with the alternative heat source – such as natural gas, propane, electric storage heating, or fuel oil.


EnergyWise® Storage Heating

This EnergyWise® program helps conserve energy by charging your electric heating system during off-peak hours when electric costs are lowest. From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day your Storage Heating System will charge. This system will then heat your home all day long.


EnergyWise® Stored Water Heating

This EnergyWise® program conserves energy and reduces your energy costs by heating your water during off-peak hours when electric costs are lowest. For example, on weekdays your water heater will heat between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on weekends between 11 p.m. and 2 p.m.


EnergyWise® Peak Shave Water Heating

This EnergyWise® program is designed to reduce demand on the electrical system only on days of high demand, high wholesale energy prices and system emergencies. So if you want to save some money, be efficient with your water heating but don't want to be controlled every day - Peak Shave is the right option for you.


EnergyWise® Cycled Central Air Conditioning

This EnergyWise® program conserves energy by cycling central air conditioners, 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off when there is a peak demand for electricity. These peak demands usually occur on the hottest days of the summer, in the late afternoon through early evening. The rest of the day your air conditioner operates as normal.


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