Can I help save electricity in other ways during peak demand periods?

Yes, members can: Choose to use energy efficient settings such as using the air-dry mode on a dishwasher. Lower the temperature setting on the clothes washer/dryer. Run appliances during off-peak hours. Reduce heat temperature by two to three degrees in the winter months or raise air-conditioner settings by two to three degrees in the summer […]

When and how often is my water heater likely to be shut off?

Water heaters are typically shut off during peak demand periods which are from 7am to 10am on weekdays in the cooler months (September through mid-June) and 5pm to 8pm weekdays in the summer (mid-June through September), usually once per day, for less than three hours. Flathead Electric will never turn them off on Sundays or […]

Is there a cost?

No – participation in the program is voluntary and free to our members.

Will I run out of hot water?

With today’s well insulated hot water heaters, it’s unlikely that you will ever even notice that you have the DRU unit installed.

Who can participate?

In order to participate you must: Be a residential or small business member of Flathead Electric Cooperative. Have at least one electric water heater located in your primary residence or place of business. (Renters may participate, but must provide an agreement form signed by their landlord.)

How does the program work?

If you are eligible to participate, Flathead Electric will schedule a time to come to your home to install a free Electric Water Heater Demand Response Unit (DRU). This is a small box installed near the electric water heater. Flathead Electric Co-op will utilize the DRU to turn off the water heater at demand peak […]