Conservation Program

The least costly way to save energy is through conservation. Willmar Public Utilities offers a variety of Residential low cost/no cost energy saving tips and Business low cost/no cost energy saving tips to help you conserve energy. Be sure to stop by our office and pick up some of the energy saving brochures we have available.

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Power Plant - Aerial view

Residential Saving Tips

Appliances and Lighting

  • When purchasing appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR® label*
  • Keep your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash full loads; clothes washers and dishwashers are most efficient when operated with full loads
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Unplug rarely used appliances such as a TV located in the spare bedroom
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)*
  • Use motion sensors, time clocks, or photo cells to control security lighting

Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

  • Install programmable thermostat*
  • Limit heating to 68 degrees and cooling to 78 degrees
  • Reduce heating temperature at night and during unoccupied hours
  • Increase cooling temperature or shut off during unoccupied hours
  • Sign up for your utility’s load management program
  • Change or clean filter regularly
  • Seal leaky ducts with silicone caulk or foil tape
  • Keep fin-coils or registers free of dust and remove obstructions
  • Open shades during heating season and close during cooling season
  • Clean and tune air conditioner, furnace, and/or boiler

Seal Attic Bypasses

-Attic bypasses are pathways where indoor air moves into the attic.

  • Close fireplace damper tightly
  • Insulate, weatherstrip, and caulk the attic hatch
  • Install chimney collar and apply high temperature sealant
  • Apply foam sealant to pipe and wire penetrations
  • Block unsealed ceiling soffit, floor joist, and wall cavities with rigid insulation
  • Install air-tight recess light fixtures
  • Install gaskets behind switch and wall plates

Water

  • Reduce water temperature below 120 degrees
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Install pipe insulation
  • Flush water heater
  • Clean and tune burner assembly on water heater

Weatherize Foundation

  • Caulk foundation cracks, penetrations, and sill plate
  • Insulate rim joist

Weatherize Windows and Doors

  • Install or repair weatherstripping and doorsweeps
  • Repair latches and locks; block window pulley holes
  • Seal air leaks and drafts around windows, doors, wiring holes, recessed lights, plumbing vents, attic hatch, etc.
  • Install plastic window kits

Business Saving Tips

Appliances and Lighting

Buy energy efficient office appliances and equipment. Refrigerators, dehumidifiers, copiers, computers, monitors, etc. are available in energy efficient models. Visit the ENERGY STAR® web site at www.energystar.gov for more information.*

  • Keep your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash full loads; clothes washers and dishwashers are most efficient when operated with full loads.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)*
  • Replace older T-12 fluorescent lamps and ballasts with more efficient T-8 models*
  • Use motion sensors, time clocks, or photo cells to control security lighting*
  • Retrofit exit signs to energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) signs*
  • Unplug rarely used appliances and turn off unnecessary lights

Commercial Food Service

  • Buy ENERGY STAR® rated or other energy efficient food service equipment*
  • Install Door Miser® anti-sweat control systems on refrigerated glass display cases*
  • Install VendingMiser® systems on vending machines*

Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Limit heating to 68 degrees and cooling to 78 degrees
  • Reduce heating temperature at night and during unoccupied hours
  • Increase cooling temperature or shut off during unoccupied hours
  • Sign up for your utility’s load management program
  • Keep regular maintenance on HVAC equipment including cleaning and replacing air filters, cleaning condenser coils, and evaluating service needs in advance.
  • Seal leaky ducts with silicone caulk or foil tape
  • Keep fin-coils or registers free of dust and remove obstructions
  • Open shades during heating season and close during cooling season
  • Clean and tune air conditioner, furnace, and/or boiler

Water

  • Reduce water temperature below 120 degrees
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Install pipe insulation
  • Flush water heater
  • Clean and tune burner assembly on water heater

Weatherize Foundation

  • Caulk foundation cracks, penetrations, and sill plate
  • Insulate rim joist

Weatherize Windows and Doors

  • Install or repair weatherstripping and doorsweeps
  • Repair latches and locks; block window pulley holes
  • Seal air leaks and drafts around windows, doors, wiring holes, recessed lights, plumbing vents, attic hatch, etc.
  • Install plastic window kits
  • Apply caulking

Free Residential Fluorescent Lamp Recycling

Willmar Municipal’s residential customers can recycle their fluorescent lamps for free. Just bring your old lamps to Kandiyohi County Hazardous Waste along with a copy of your billing statement and recycle them for free. We pay the fee.