Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives have a long history of supporting energy efficiency; in fact, we’ve been offering cost-effective energy efficiency programs since the late 1980s. These programs include rebates and incentives for various energy-efficient products, such as water heaters, various appliances, LED lighting, etc.  Osceola Electric Cooperative (OEC) also offers programs designed to reduce electric demand, such as load control for water heaters and irrigators. Additionally, your electric cooperative continues to upgrade facilities to maximize efficiency, including more efficient transformers and L & O Power Cooperative performs upgrades to substations. Generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity more efficiently helps OEC manage costs more effectively, ultimately resulting in lower utility bills for our members.

Iowa’s electric cooperatives support energy efficiency as part of our continuing commitment to the cooperative principles. First, every electric cooperative is democratically controlled by its members, who elect local representatives from amongst themselves to serve on the cooperative board. These board members, in turn, actively participate in governance and long-term decision-making, including investments in energy efficiency programs. By maintaining local control over energy efficiency, these programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the members and communities we serve.

Second, electric cooperatives understand the value of education and training. As co-op employees and board members continually receive training to become better equipped to manage day-to-day operations, co-ops also work hard to provide information and education to our members on energy-efficient products and services and how to effectively manage your energy use. 

Third, electric cooperatives work hard to maintain and enhance the communities we serve. Energy efficiency programs can help reduce additional electricity purchases or the need to build additional electric generation which works to minimize energy costs for our members.

Finally, electric cooperatives work in cooperation with other cooperatives to more effectively deliver energy efficiency programs to members. By partnering with other cooperatives, energy efficiency programs can be developed and delivered more effectively and at a lower cost than OEC could do alone.

Working together with other community-focused cooperatives, OEC assesses the costs and benefits of each program to determine what to offer to our members. Standardly, we perform four benefit-cost tests to determine the cost-effectiveness of the program. First, the participant cost test determines whether the program is cost-effective from the perspective of the participant in the program. Second, the utility cost test determines whether the program is cost-effective from the perspective of OEC. Third, the rate payer impact cost test, also referred to as the RIM test, determines whether the program is cost-effective from the perspective of co-op members who do not participate in the program. Finally, the societal test determines whether the program is cost-effective from the perspective of society in general.

Ultimately, OEC invests in energy efficiency programs to benefit the communities we serve. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to learn more about energy efficiency, please contact us at 712-754-2519 and speak with one of our employees.



  • Doug Rye Home Remedies Radio Show: Doug Rye is a licensed architect and the popular host of the "Home Remedies" radio show. He is known as the "The Doctor of Energy Efficiency - King of Caulk and Talk. The "Home Remedies" program is available on KIWA 1550 AM and KUQQ Q102.1 FM every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
  • Energy Star: A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
  • Iowa Energy Center: A source for Energy Efficiency and renewable energy research and information.
  • Iowa Utility Board: The Iowa Utilities Board regulates utilities to ensure that reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally responsible, and safe utility services are available to all Iowans, supporting economic growth and opportunity.
  • Rural Electricity Resource Council: The Rural Electricity Resource Council is a nonprofit association that delivers information and technical assistance on the efficient use of energy, with an emphasis on rural applications.
  • The Office of Energy Independence (OEI): The Office of Energy Independence sets the strategic direction for Iowa's clean energy future by identifying goals to achieve desired results.
  • Sponsored by Iowa's electric cooperatives that provides information about electrical products and energy use for homeowners.