KARNER BLUE BUTTERFLY ALERT

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					                                                                                       Summer 2006




  Frederic:                                Grantsburg:                                  Toll Free:
(715) 327-4231                            (715) 463-5371                              (800) 261-1200

KARNER BLUE
BUTTERFLY ALERT
     The Karner Blue butterfly may be small, but its
 suffering from a large problem as extinction realms
 close to its every flutter. NWE, along with 37 other
 major land managers, has worked to ensure this
 butterfly's existence. By educating the public about
 the butterfly's habitat, these organizations and NWE
 hope to prolong its survival. The Karner Blue is a
 quarter-sized insect found living in open sandy
 areas east of the Mississippi River. Its larvae only           NWE has a mission to ensure this butterfly
 feed on the wild blue lupine, a plant that needs                         doesn't go extinct.
 sandy soil to grow. The lupine has spikes of blue
 clustered flowers and has seven to 11 leaflets per
 leaf. Humans have been killing this plant as they
 continue to build and live east of the Mississippi.
 And the Karner Blue has born the brunt of the
 consequences as its larva's only means for food is
 being threatened. This summer watch out for the
 Karner Blue and the lupine. Try to keep them both              The Wild Blue Lupine is the only plant
 alive and safe. For more information contact NWE              Karner larvae eat. Planting more Wild Blue
 for a detailed Karner Blue brochure.                             Lupines will help the Karner thrive.


 ASK WALLY T. WATTMEISER

Q:
               When we moved into our house 10 years ago we had gas
               appliances and one refrigerator. Since then we have
               converted many appliances to electric and have bought a
               tanning bed. Should NWE know about this? Answer on back




                              Serving Burnett and Polk counties since 1920
NWE Prepares for Road Construction
         When area construction crews build more efficient roads, NWE is usually involved in the
process. Since April 1, NWE crews have been working on highway 35 to move all transmission lines that
do not corrolate with an improved highway streatching from Danbury to Webster. Since each completed
pole costs $7,000 or $140,000 per mile, the entire project will cost $500,000. NWE will pay for half. The
other half, technically called compensable reimbursement, will come from the Wis. DOT. State law gives
Wisconsin authority to require utilitites to move any pole in the right of way (the area between the road
and a customer's private property). If private property owners allow NWE to put poles on their land
directly outside the right of way the possibility of having to move lines is greatly reduced. This NWE
project will be finished by the end of the summer. The DOT estimates the highway will be finished by the
end of September.




                                            Lower Summer Bills
ASK WALLY                                   1) Close the drapes to prevent rooms from heating up
                                            1)
                                            from direct sunlight.
   When NWE extends                         2) Use a furnace fan to circulate air around the house.
service to a new                            This will draw cool air from the basement to the rest of
customer we rely on                         the house.
the information given                       3) Open windows at night to allow cool air in and close
to us by the customer                       them during the day. This stores cool air in the
to size the wire and transformer.            home and will delay AC use.
During this process NWE usually             4) Don’t use the AC to
has a good idea of what the                 dehumidify a
customer's electric needs are.               basement.
However, if the customer adds a lot
of electric load over time, such as a
tanning bed or an in-home sauna,
problems could develop. These               Use an
problems could be in the form of            appropriately
dimming lights when appliances              sized dehumidifier
start/stop or they could be serious         instead.
enough to cause a transformer or            5) Use fans whenever possible
wire to fail which would cause an            because they use 98 percent less
unnecessary outage.                         energy than most AC units.
    Customers should consider this          6) Turn off computer equipment when not in use
when adding large electric loads            and terminate underused refrigerators and freezers. Not
such as air conditioning or electric        only do they produce heat, but they waste electricity.
heat to their homes. If you think           7) One central AC will use less energy than two window
you need to contact NWE                     AC units. Central AC units are more energy efficient
regarding this issue please do so.          than window units.
NWE will take a look at your                8) Call Wisconsin Focus on Energy at (800)762-7077 to
electric usage and consider the             receive rebates on qualifying Energy Star AC products.
added load to determine if                  9) Change your furnace/AC filter once a month.
changes need to be made.                    Otherwise the system has to work harder and consume
Customers should also talk to               more electricity.
their electrician to determine if           10) Turn the AC off when you're not home. Re-cooling
their electric service panel needs to       the home is cheaper than letting the AC run all day.
be upgraded.

                                                       Serving Burnett and Polk counties since 1920

				
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