August 2020 Light Reading Newsletter

Your Co-op’s Response to COVID-19: 

Keeping our members and employees safe and healthy is our top priority. 

For the most up to date information about how your Co-op is responding, visit us online or call us at 406-751-4483. 

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Energy Efficiency Rebates Increase

Energy Efficiency Rebates Increase

In keeping with our policy of promoting energy efficiency, Flathead Electric Co-op (FEC) has numerous rebate programs and many of them have recently increased dramatically.

“We want to enable members to use less energy and save money,” says Adam Steele, FEC’s Energy Services Representative, adding that members have many opportunities to receive rebates from the Co-op if their primary heat source is electricity.

Window Rebates

Let the Sunshine in!

Replace your old inefficient windows

To qualify, existing windows must be either single-pane or metal framed. Window replacements must meet Energy Star requirements and have a U-value of .30 or less. This incentive has now grown from $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot!

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Keep the heat in!

Install additional insulation

It is usually the most cost-effective way to increase comfort and decrease energy use. Incentives for upgrading insulation have doubled as well, but they vary depending on whether you are adding to an attic, a wall, or under the floor.

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Heat Pump Rebates

Stay comfortable!

Upgrade your heating system

New technology allows today’s heat pumps to heat and cool much more efficiently, even at extreme temperatures. Many of our heat pump rebates have increased by $500!

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Whatever steps you take to improve the comfort and efficiency of your homes, the first step should be a call to Adam, who says there are specific guidelines to follow in order to receive a rebate.

“We don’t want anyone to miss out on these opportunities because they overlooked a step in the process or installed the wrong product, so it’s best if we talk before a project gets underway. I’m also anxious to talk to folks about our great loan program!”

Adam can be reached at (406) 751-5291 or


FEC’s Third Annual Pulse Project

Saving lives and providing local energy assistance

FEC is again partnering with both of our local blood service organizations, the American Red Cross and Vitalant, for a two-day event:

September 9th

Red Cross Blood Drive

at the Red Lion

Donate Blood Sept. 9

September 10th

Vitalant Blood Drive

at Vitalant headquarters,
across the street from Flathead Electric Co-op

Donate Blood Sept. 10

Since 2018, members like you have helped us collect a Montana community record 266 pints of blood, attract 57 first time donors, and raise over $31,000 in energy assistance funding, which helped over 150 local families facing a temporary financial crisis.

For more information, to make a financial contribution or to sign up as a blood donor, visit us online or call (406) 751-1820.

Blood donors get great perks!

$25 Amazon Gift Cards for first-time blood donors

If you’ve never donated blood before, here’s an extra “thank you.”

Seamless Bandana/Headband

Seamless Bandana/Headband

They’re tubular and multifunctional — can be used as a headband, face mask, gaiter, or wristband!

Commemorative Enamel Pin

Did you get one last year? Donate again to complete the set!

Free Food

Delicious catered take-out sandwich lunch (for September 9th donors) and Papa Murphy’s Pizza certificate (September 10th).



AntibodyTestFree COVID-19 Antibody Testing

All completed blood donations will be submitted for antibody testing. 

Good Vibes

Finally, let’s not forget the real reason why we give blood. Donating one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.


Two lucky winners will fill their freezer with premium local 4H/FFA beef!

Flathead Electric Cooperative supports local 4H and FFA clubs by purchasing animals each year. Most meat gets donated, but the premium cuts of each beef are raffled off as a fundraiser for our local foodbanks. Since its inception in 2016, our Ribeye Raffle has raised $5,498 for local food banks.

The winners of our annual Ribeye Raffle will take home approximately 60 one-inch-thick premium Ribeye and T-bone steaks (valued at over $500 per winner).

Tickets are available now for $1 each or six for $5. They can be purchased online (with a debit card) or at the Kalispell or Libby Flathead Electric Co-op office drive-thru (with cash or check). All proceeds will benefit local area food banks.

The 2020 Ribeye Raffle Drawing will take place August 24.


There’s still time to submit your photo!

If you’re a member of Flathead Electric Co-op and have a great photo of wildlife or scenery in our service territory that you’d like to share, there’s still time for you to enter your photo in our member’s photo calendar contest. Members selected to be featured in the calendar will receive $25, and their name will be published in the calendar. Photos must be submitted online by August 31.

Photo Calendar


Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you.

Meet Erik Schliebe, P.E. System Planning Engineer

Q. What do you bring to your Co-op? 

A. Diversity. My position has allowed me to work on a variety of projects that have helped improve the efficiency and quality of life for our employees and members.

Q. What’s the best thing about serving Flathead Electric?

A. Electricity is a necessity of modern life and being a part of providing that service to our community is rewarding.

Q. If you had a super-power, what would it be and why? 

A. Probably the ability to control the weather. Extreme wind and cold just make life difficult for everyone.


Roundup Report

Round up for Safety Grant to help with emergency pain management


A $4,397 grant will provide portable nitrous oxide masks to West Valley Fire & Rescue for stabilizing patients in the field. The masks, traditionally used for pain management in dental offices, have now been approved for use by emergency medical technicians.

Before, fire and rescue crews had to wait for Advanced Life Support (ALS) to arrive on scene before they could alleviate the pain of their patients. Now, ALS resources can be freed up to respond elsewhere if needed.

July Projects Funded

  • Christ Lutheran Church of Libby Basement egress stairs  $1,000
  • Deer Park School Stairs  $9,645
  • RCA Montana Pro Rodeo Royalty Children’s horse-riding helmets $750

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money goes into a fund for community safety projects.

To apply for a Roundup for Safety grant, visit Roundup for Safety. Thank you to the thousands of Flathead Electric members who round up their bill for safety! Together, we are making a difference in our community.