Power is less expensive when demand is low
Off-peak electric service enables Polk-Burnett members to take advantage of reduced rates for electric hard-wired heat and/or electric water heaters of 80 gallons or larger that can be controlled or temporarily turned off for economic reasons or during periods of high demand. By controlling these devices with a radio receiver through a process called load management, Polk-Burnett can balance electric demand more evenly which helps to reduce costs.
This is the most economical off-peak rate Polk-Burnett offers. Electric thermal storage (ETS) room units or furnaces qualify for this rate. Electric water heaters with a capacity of 80 gallons or greater, including the 105-gallon Marathon® electric water heater, can also be put on this rate.To receive the storage rate, members allow Polk-Burnett to control or turn off these electric heating units for 14 hours a day. This is not an inconvenience to our members as these products are designed to store heat and hot water.
The dual-fuel rate is excellent for people who understand how gas and fuel oil costs fluctuate, and who appreciate the safety, cleanliness and convenience only electric heat can offer. Most direct-wired electric heating units qualify for the dual-fuel energy rate when combined with a thermostatically controlled backup, such as a gas furnace, gas fireplace or electric thermal storage (ETS) heater. Electric water heaters with a capacity of 80 gallons or greater also qualify for the dual-fuel rate. To receive the dual-fuel rate, members allow Polk-Burnett to control or turn off their electric heat or water heater when demand throughout the Midwest is high.
The interruptible rate is ideal for people who burn wood and want the peace of mind that comes from knowing electricity will heat their home or cottage when they don't have a fire burning.
Most direct-wired electric heating units qualify for the interruptible energy rate and no backup heating system is required. Electric water heaters with a capacity of 80 gallons or greater also qualify for the interruptible rate. This is similar to the dual-fuel service, however no backup heat is required and the control time is shorter when demand throughout the Midwest is high.