MiEnergy Cooperative asks members to reduce electric use

This tree next to First Congregational Church in Charles City was blown over during Wednesday's storms among many others in town

Cresco, IA — Late season summer weather has MiEnergy Cooperative issuing a notice regarding high demand for electricity in the regional power market. MiEnergy asks members to help by reducing their electric use from now until 6 p.m.

Members participating in the cooperative’s load management programs for water heaters and air conditioners are being controlled. Members can check out the load control status link on MiEnergy’s website, www.MiEnergy.coop, for specific control parameters.

Everyone, whether a cooperative member or not, can help reduce energy use by practicing a few simple conservation measures:

  • Set thermostats to no lower than 78 degrees. Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night or when no one is home.
  • Use ceiling and portable fans to enhance the cooling ability of your air conditioner. Even mild air movement can make you feel cooler.
  • Draw shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
  • Try to avoid chores requiring electricity such as running the dishwasher and doing laundry during peak energy use periods (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays).
  • Make sure your air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.

MiEnergy Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative and is the result of a merger between Hawkeye REC, of Cresco, Iowa and Tri-County Electric Cooperative, of Rushford, Minn. in 2017. It maintains 5,700 miles of power lines covering most of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota and Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek counties in Iowa. The cooperative also serves small pockets bordering those counties. It provides electricity to more than 18,600 members in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. MiEnergy is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.