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CO O P E R AT I V E 2022 scholarships

SAFETY Outage preparedness

Inland Power Scholarships

CONSERVATION Tips to ditch the space heater

Preparing for a bright future


s we begin the new year, it’s time to begin thinking about funding for college. Are you the parent of a high school senior or a college student? The Inland Power Excellence Award is available for students seeking higher education at a community college, university or trade school in any state. Each year, Inland Power offers 15 $1,000 scholarships. The program is exclusively for active Inland Power members and their children. This includes college students who are members or students who can still be claimed as legal dependents of Inland Power members. A legal dependent is defined as one who is claimed on their parent or guardian’s tax return. Scholarship recipients may reapply the following year. However, at least ten of the 15 scholarships awarded will be reserved for new applicants. Applications have been sent to high school counseling offices in Inland’s service territory and can be found on our website at

Applications are due Thursday, April 14, 2022. Once the closing date passes, the selection committee will meet in May and recipients will be chosen and notified in May or June. Funding for the Inland Power Excellence Award is made possible by the Inland Power Community Foundation. The foundation’s committee also serves as the scholarship committee. To make a donation to the foundation or for more information, please send an email to Inland Power’s Community Foundation at

Baby, it’s cold out there Stay warm without breaking the bank


he temperature has dropped outside and heaters have kicked on. When you’re feeling chilly at home, there are several budget-friendly ways you can keep comfortable without turning up the thermostat. Here are five easy ways to stay cozy this winter. 1. Whether you’re experiencing extremely cold winter temps or if you normally “run cold,” an electric blanket can deliver quick warmth like a regular throw or blanket cannot. Electric blankets can include a variety of features, like timers and dual temperature settings (if your cuddle buddy prefers less heat). This winter, consider an electric blanket instead of turning up the heat, and your

energy bill will thank you. 2. One of the easiest ways to stay cozy at home is to keep your feet warm. Our feet play a critical role in regulating body temperature so invest in those slippers. 3. On winter days when the sun is shining, take advantage and harness natural warmth from sunlight. Open all curtains, drapes and blinds in your home to let the sunshine in––you’ll be able to feel the difference. Be sure to close them at night to keep out the cold. 4. Another way to make your home cozier is to use a humidifier. Cold air doesn’t hold water vapor like warm air, so by adding humidity inside your

home, you can feel a little warmer. A favorable level of humidity inside your home can also help clear sinuses, soften skin and improve sleep. 5. Beyond adding visual appeal to your home, area rugs can also provide extra insulation and a warm surface for your feet on cold winter days. Use large area rugs in rooms where you spend the most time. You’ll enjoy the new colors and textures of the rug, and the additional warmth will help keep your home comfortable. These are just a few ways you can stay cozy this winter without turning up the thermostat. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

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Ways to ditch the space heater

No rate increase in 2022!

• Use an electric blanket to keep warm during the night.

At Inland Power and Light, we strive to provide safe and reliable electricity at competitive rates. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will not have a rate increase for 2022! We are pleased to continue our tradition of providing you affordable and reliable electricity. RESIDENTIAL RATES Service availability charges: Other Charges:

Single Phase: $24.55/month

Single Phase: $24.55/month $7.82/kW 7¢/kWh

Three Phase: $34.40/month


$365/month $7.82/kW 5.7¢/kWh

Small irrigation (less than 75 hp) Service availability charges: Single Phase: $24.55/month kWh charge: 6.8¢/kWh

Three Phase: $34.40/month

Large irrigation (75+ hp) HP charge: Peak demand charge: kWh charge (May-Sept.): kWh charge (Oct.-April):

$6.88/hp annually $6.78/kW 3.8¢ 4.7¢

Lighting Outdoor/Street lighting:

$10.16 - $21.50/month depending on lumen level

HYDROPOWER | The nation’s clean energy generator

Carbon footprint comparison 947*

lbs CO2 /MWh

All figures 2018 data. *EPA eGRID **Unspecified market purchases assigned a default emission rate

26** lbs CO /MWh 2


• Consider adding insulation to your attic and around duct work.

Three Phase: $34.40/month

kWh charge: 6.8¢/kWh Outdoor/Street lighting: $10.16 - $21.50/month depending on lumen level

COMMERCIAL RATES General Service availability charges: Demand charge: kWh charge: Large Commercial Service availability charges: Demand charge: kWh charge:

BPA’s carbon footprint is considerably smaller than the region or nation thanks to the abundance of carbon-free hydropower.

• Caulk and weatherstrip around all windows and doors to prevent heat loss.

639*lbs CO /MWh 2



Dams on the Columbia River Basin produce more electricity than any other North American river. They provide nearly 60 percent of the Northwest’s electricity and almost 90 percent of its renewable energy. With no emissions or other waste products, the dams on the Columbia Basin preserve our fresh air and entice Northwest residents to explore the outdoors.

mall space heaters are meant to do exactly as their name says: heat a small space. But unfortunately, many people use portable space heaters to heat their entire home, which can really take a toll on your energy bills. The truth is, whether you should use space heaters really depends on your home’s efficiency and energy needs. If you’re using a space heater to compensate for problems in your home, like inadequate insulation, drafty windows and exterior doors, or an inefficient heating system, space heaters are not a practical solution. Your best bet is to improve the overall efficiency of your home. If you’re on a tight budget, caulking and weather stripping around windows and exterior doors is a low-cost, easy way to save energy. Depending on the size of your home, adding insulation can be a great next step. Loose fill insulation typically costs $1 to $1.50 per square foot. Perhaps your home is energy efficient but you’re cold-natured and want a specific room to be cozier than the rest. In this case, a space heater may work for your needs. A good comparison is ceiling fans; we use ceiling fans in the summer to cool people, not rooms. A space heater can be used in a similar way during winter months. Only use a space heater in small spaces that you’re occupying and, if possible, try

to shut off other rooms to contain the warmth provided by the space heater. If you decide to use a space heater to heat a small area in your home, make sure the heater is properly sized for the space; most heaters include a general sizing table. A word about safety: the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 25,000 residential fires are associated with the use of space heaters every year, resulting in more than 300 deaths. If you must use a space heater, purchase a newer model that includes the most current safety features and make sure it carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Be sure to place the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic when in use. Always keep children and pets away from space heaters. We know it’s cold out there, but remember in addition to safety concerns, space heaters can greatly increase your energy bills if used improperly.

Outage preparation Inland Power works hard to provide our members with safe, reliable service. Sometimes, however, events beyond our control create outages. If you do experience an outage, a little preparation can go a long way toward keeping your family safe and comfortable. Check out the following tips on how to prepare for and respond to power outages. 1. Make sure you have the right supplies to get through an outage. This includes things like non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be cooked, battery-powered essentials like flashlights and a radio, bottled water, candles with a lighter or matches, and emergency cash. Generators are a great way to keep appliances running, but make sure they’re only used with the appropriate transfer switch or plugged directly into an appliance. Also, never use a generator indoors, and never try to heat your home with a gas appliance like a stove or barbecue. 2. If you don’t have a generator to keep appliances going, keep your refrigerator and freezer closed during an outage. Coolers with ice can also be used to help maintain food. 3. Finally, make alternate plans if you or a loved one rely on power-dependent medical devices. This might include using devices with battery backup systems, a generator or going to another location. We are committed to keeping the lights on for all Inland Power members, but when they do go out it pays to be prepared. Stay safe this storm season!