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IN THIS ISSUE Stable Rates back to top >>
  1. 2023 Rates
  2. Outage Emails
  3. Energy Saver
  4. Winter Safety
  5. Shortbread Bars Recipe

  6. Norris Public Power District
    606 Irving Street
    Beatrice, NE 68310

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Ten Consecutive Years Without An Overall Rate Increase

Norris works to control costs while maintaining superior service for its customers. This combined with the announcement from Norris' wholesale supplier, Nebraska Public Power District, that it will not be raising rates, has allowed Norris to keep rates stable through 2023. The cost of power supply makes up nearly seventy percent of Norris' costs, making it the most impactful item to Norris' budget.

The 2023 Operating Budget, Capital Improvements and Business Plan demonstrates the District's commitment to keeping rates stable while making rational investments back into the electric system. The result is continued improvements in both affordability and reliability for all customers.

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  Comfortably Save Energy back to top >>

The following tips will save money and energy while staying comfortable during the frigid winter months. These tips can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings while others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun

  • Open curtains on the south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  • Be certain to plant deciduous trees on the south facing side of the home, especially in proximity to windows. They will let the light and warmth in the windows during the winter and will shade the windows in the summer.
Cover Drafty Windows
  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Adjust the Temperature
  • When you are home and awake, set the thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn the thermostat back to save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
  • If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps.
Find and Seal Leaks
  • Seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  • Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
Lower Water Heating Costs
  • Keep the temperature of the water heater set to a warm setting (120° F). This will not only save energy, it will also help avoid scalding.
  Stay Safe In The Cold      back to top >>  

Hypothermia can occur when you are exposed to cold air, water, wind or rain. It is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don't ignore warning signs!

Early Signs:
Cold feet and hands
Puffy or swollen face
Pale skin
Slow speech or slurring words
Acting sleepy
Being angry of confused

Later Signs:
Slow or clumsy movement, trouble walking
Stiff and jerky arm or leg movements
Slow heartbeat that is not regular
Slow, shallow breathing
Blacking out or losing consciousness

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