Electric Thermal Storage, or ETS, is an electric home heating device that can help lower your heating costs by storing heat when electricity costs less, and then releasing the heat throughout the day. During off-peak times, when power costs less, it heats up the ceramic bricks.
A thorough explanation of how ETS works is included in our ETS User Guide:
ETS heaters are 100% efficient units designed to provide low cost heat, 24 hours a day. By using electricity during LPEA's Time-of-Use Program Off Peak hours (those times during the day and night when usage is lower and electricity is cheaper), ETS units provide heat at costs lower than most other energy sources. An estimate of heating costs using an ETS unit is: Heating Costs for 2000 sq. ft Home
During off-peak hours, the ETS unit’s heating elements convert electricity to heat which is stored in high density ceramic bricks. The bricks are surrounded by high efficiency insulation which allows them to hold great amounts of heat for long periods of time. A fan evenly and quietly distributes the heat to your home during higher cost, on-peak hours. Built-in thermostats allow you to easily maintain a desired temperature.
LPEA's Energy Efficiency Credits program makes ETS heat even more economical by offering you credits based on the number and size of ETS heaters you purchase.
LPEA offers heaters manufactured in the U.S.A. by the Steffes Corporation.
The number of ETS heaters house needs depends on your home’s properties such as square feet of rooms, type and amount of insulation, size of windows and types of window coverings, etc. A La Plata Electric Association, Inc. representative will do a “sizing” of your home and a basic heat loss calculation to determine the number and size of ETS heaters necessary to comfortably heat your home.
ETS heaters come in sizes to fit:
Whole home central units available in forced-air or hydronic models
ETS pricing and payment options
Cash or checks
On Bill Financing
Control panels for multiple heaters
Control panels for multiple heaters and other electrical loads
Programming Time Clocks
The equipment described herein is intended for installation in accordance with applicable local, state and national electrical codes and must be installed by a licensed electrician. LPEA maintains a list of licensed electricians who have completed ETS Technical Training.
ETS Trained Contractors
The electrical/plumbing/heating contractors listed below have attended a Steffes training session on the proper installation and wiring of Electric Thermal Storage heat units and associated equipment within the past two years. Contact the Electrical/Plumbing/Heating Contractor for installation cost estimates.
Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Cortez:
Durango Electric 970-247-9144
Phillips Electric 970-259-3395
A to Z Electric 970-884-9430
Apex Electrical 970-769-1189
K Power 970-749-2504
Moonlight Electric 970-259-0672
Jetco Electric 970-749-6943
Dry Creek Electric 970-883-2442
Scalva Electric 970-422-2327
CT Electric 970-335-8125
Vince Akin 970-799-3264
Pagosa Electrical 970-946-6371
Peaks to Peaks 970-946-1986
Bauer Electric 970-264-5133
Hall Electric 970-264-3352
The Electric Company 970-264-3672
Lord Electric 970-759-8437
Quiller Electric 970-946-4151
Need more information? Contacts:
Information on the Electronic Thermal Storage heat units can be located at www.steffes.com.