Combine two heating sources to best fit your budget and tailor your energy investment to meet your heating needs. Arrowhead Electric’s Interruptible Heating program offers the option to incorporate a low-cost electric heat source with an alternate heating system.
In an Interruptible heating system, an electric heat source, such as baseboard heat, is used in conjunction with propane, or electric storage heat as the back-up heating system.
Interruptible Heating is a “controlled” electric heating program, which helps save money and conserve energy. When demand for electricity is high, the electric heat source is shut off, or controlled (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours. During control periods, your home’s back-up heating system provides the heat you need.
The Off-Peak Heating program helps conserve energy by charging your electric heating system during off-peak hours when electric costs are lowest. Each day, your heating system charges over night, then distributes heat in your home from 6 am to 10pm during the control period each day. Each eligible storage heat option below offers 100% efficient heating at a discounted energy rate.
Air Source Heat Pump
It’s the best of both worlds. Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) provide home cooling and supplemental heating with less electricity than conventional air conditioners and furnaces. You can switch between cooling and heating directly from the thermostat, putting you in complete control.
When you need to cool your home, ASHPs outperform standard central air conditioners by extracting the existing heat from inside your home and pumping it outside. The cooling process is reversed when you use an ASHP to provide supplemental heat. By extracting the existing warmth from the outdoor air and pumping it into your home, you’ll be able to run your furnace less. During the spring and fall, you may not need to run your furnace at all.
To learn more about Air Source Heat Pumps download this brochure. (pdf link)
Rebates are available for new air source heat pumps when enrolled on the Interruptible Heating program (link to program page).
Ground Source Heat Pump
Combining heating and cooling into one convenient, versatile unit, Ground-Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) offer ultimate home temperature control, operating with 300–400% energy efficiency.
Thanks to energy provided by the sun, there’s enough stored heat underground to heat an entire household—even during the harshest Minnesota winters. These pumps use this “free energy” by directing the heat indoors, using only small amounts of electricity, where it’s compressed into a higher temperature before being distributed throughout the home. The process is reversed to provide home cooling. Indoor heat is transferred underground and dispersed into the cool earth.
To learn more about Ground Source Heat Pumps, download this brochure. (pdf link)
Rebates are available for new ground source heat pumps when enrolled on the Interruptible Heating program (link to program page).