Save on your electric bill during winter heating months with a Dual Fuel Electric Heating System.

Pay only 5.95¢ versus 11.89¢ per kWh (October-May).


It's time to test your heating system

Connexus Energy will be conducting dual fuel equipment tests on Thursday, October 18, and Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.

How to test your system

Set your thermostat to “heat.” Before 6 p.m., on either of the test 
dates, turn the temperature up high enough for the system to turn on. 
Your electric heat will shut off and your back-up system should begin operating. 
If you experience any problems, please contact your own heating or electric contractor.

How it Works

An electric heating system is used as the primary heat source, supplemented during peak demand periods with an alternate heat source*.

During peak electrical demand periods, the heat source automatically switches from the primary electric heating system to the alternate heat source. The alternate heat source is used up to 12 hours per control time on the coldest days of the year, and will not exceed 400 hours per heating season.

Qualifying Primary Heat Sources:

  • Electric mini-boiler
  • Electric furnace
  • Baseboard heat
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Plenum heater
  • Wall or ceiling heater


Qualifying Alternate Heat Sources:

  • Oil
  • Natural gas
  • LP gas

*Portable heaters and wood burning stoves DO NOT qualify as alternate heat sources.

How to Sign-Up

  1. Ensure the alternate heat source is automatic, thermostat-controlled, and able to heat the home adequately for up to 400 hours. If in doubt, please contact your own heating contractor.
  2. Contact Connexus Energy at 763.323.2650 to schedule a date and time to pick up the required metering equipment. You will need to provide the following information:
    • Number of circuits to be used in the breaker panel.
    • Number of amps per circuit.
    • Identify any existing off-peak or demand response programs in the home.
  3. A one-time installation fee of $50 will be added to your electric bill at the time of pick-up. Please note: depending on the installation, additional equipment, such as a sequencer box, may be required. Ask your contractor for details.
  4. A State Electrical Inspector must complete an inspection within 30 days of metering equipment installation.
  5. Contact Connexus Energy at 763.323.2738 for final off-peak inspection. Energy credits will not be applied until final inspection is complete.

Download additional Dual Fuel Electric Heating Program information.