Tri-County Electric Blog

News You Can Use…and so much more

Welcome to Tri County Electric Membership Corporation’s blog. Here you will find helpful short articles about vegetation management, saving money on your Electric Bill, programs available to help you plan a construction project and much more.

Visit this page often to learn more about system updates, new programs and services, upcoming events and energy efficient strategies for your home or business.

Heat Pump Loans

Heat Pump Loans

Tri-County Electric offers financing through TVA’s Energy Right program for the installation of heat pumps in their residence for our member-owners. Electric heat pumps and dual fuel heat pumps are eligible to be financed through this low interest fixed-rate loan program. The member-owner must have a minimum of a 625 Equifax credit score, have a good payment history...

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Demand Response Program

Demand Response Program

If the member-owner agrees to participate in our Demand Response Program, we waive the installation fee of $1,500. The goal of the program is to lower the demand charges the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) imposes on Tri-County Electric. The demand charge is based on the maximum amount of power TVA delivers to Tri-County Electric during any sixty minute period...

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Keep Electric Poles Clear

Keep Electric Poles Clear

Attaching items to electric poles is against the law. Attaching items to Tri-County Electric’s poles is prohibited by Board Policy and state law due to the safety hazard it creates. Any item attached to our poles presents an obstacle to our linemen when they are climbing and, more importantly, items attached to poles can damage the linemen’s protective equipment...

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It’s Time for Levelized Billing

It’s Time for Levelized Billing

October 2020 – If you haven’t yet done so, now is the time to sign up for Levelized Billing at Tri-County Electric. Levelized Billing is FREE and it averages those larger winter and summer bills with the rest of the year to produce a lower monthly bill. Best of all, since the average is always current there is no “pay-up” month! Levelized Billing is for everyone...

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2019 Annual Meeting

Tri-County Electric’s 2019 annual meeting of the members was held on Thursday, May 3, 2019, at Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette. The evening began with an opportunity to watch an interactive trailer demonstration or take a ride in the bucket truck. Each registered member received an attendance gift and children will received a T-shirt to have their name...

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Safety Demonstration Trailer

Safety Demonstration Trailer

Tri-County Electric teaches the importance of safety using our Safety Demonstration Trailer. Schools and civic groups in the areas serviced by Tri-County Electric can schedule the Safety Demonstration Trailer for a free interactive experience designed for children and adults to explore safe handling of electricity and to see a demonstration of Energy Saving Tips....

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2020 Washington Youth Tour Competition

2020 Washington Youth Tour Competition

Your prize for showing the benefits of cooperative power: an unforgettable trip to Washington, D.C., June 19-25, 2020, with nearly 2,000 other students your age from across the country. Each day of the Washington Youth Tour brings more impressive sights, opportunities for photos and lots of memories. Among activities filling the agenda are tours of Washington, D.C.,...

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Tennessee Valley Solar Calculator

Tennessee Valley Solar Calculator

Considering Solar? You can learn how solar energy works by clicking here. Click Solar Calculator to use the tool that can help you make an informed decision when considering whether or not to install a small-scale solar system. Click here to learn how to use a Solar Calculator. The solar calculator is intended to be used by residential and small business customers...

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Power Outage FEMA  Advice

Power Outage FEMA Advice

Download FEMA's power outage preparedness guide here.   Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may: Disrupt communications, water, and transportation. Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services. Cause food...

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Standing Stone State Park Goes Green

Standing Stone State Park Goes Green

Standing Stone State Park in Tennessee, a Tri-County member, has completed the Gold Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability, including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling and much more. This beautiful park...

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Dealing with Nuisance Insects

Dealing with Nuisance Insects

In many areas of the country when cool, fall days arrive, Asian lady beetles (ladybugs), Harmonia axyridis and boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittatus, congregate on exterior walls. They typically choose the south and west facing walls since these walls are the warmest. Once on the wall they look for nooks, crannies and other dark openings where they can hibernate over...

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Take Charge of Your Water with a Rain Garden

Take Charge of Your Water with a Rain Garden

A Rain Garden is a landscape depression that can be filled with moisture-loving plants. Hidden beneath the pretty plants is a natural storm water treatment system that allows 30% more water to infiltrate into the ground. This reduces the amount of water from flowing through your property creating erosion or trench areas that you don’t want or going to the city’s...

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Residential Rates

Billing Period:  May 2020 Minimum Bill (No kWh): $20 Energy Charge: (Cents / kWh) $0.08993 Lighting kWh Charge: $0.05865

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How to Read Your Electric Meter

How to Read Your Electric Meter

Your electric meter is a precision instrument that measures the flow of electricity in units called kilowatt-hours (kWh). Electric meters are extremely accurate. Less than one-half of one percent of meters tested are found to be outside the acceptable error rate of plus or minus two percent. Your meter will be either digital or dial. Digital meters are read like the...

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Commercial Rates

Commercial Rates

Up-to-Date General Power Rate – Schedule GSA The rates for Commercial Service fluctuates with the cost of power from TVA. For the current month's charge, please check this chart monthly. If you have questions, please contact our office. June 2020 Power Charge GSA 1 Demand from 0 to 50 kW and kWh less than 15,000 Minimum Bill per meter (No kWh), unless higher minimum...

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Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management

  Most everyone recognizes the importance of trees. They provide shade in the summer and help shield us from the winter winds. Trees enhance the beauty of the landscape, provide a habitat for many animals, and give children a wonderful place to play. Trees can also create a very costly and dangerous situation when they come into contact with electric utility lines....

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Rates for Security Lighting

Rates for Security Lighting

Up-to-Date Rates The rates for security lighting fluctuates with the cost of power from TVA. For the current month's charge, please check this chart monthly. If you have questions, please contact our office. April 2020 Lighting Type Charge 51 Watt LED  $10.59              

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Heating & Cooling

Heating & Cooling

 a Learn more about how to save on heating and cooling with these tips. Not only will it mean your home is more efficient, you will save money on your energy bills. Q.  How well is my home insulated? A.  If you can see your ceiling joists, you need to increase the amount of insulation in your attic. Attic insulation should have at least an R-30 rating. Download...

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Appliance Savings

Appliance Savings

Find out how much energy the appliances in your home use with our online Appliance Calculator.  It can add up to about 20% of your total consumption. Food Take the dollar bill test. Close your refrigerator door on a dollar bill and then try to pull it out. If the dollar comes out easily you may need new seals or a new refrigerator. Plan what you need inside the...

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Water & Lighting Savings

Water & Lighting Savings

Inefficient water heaters, leaking faucets and the light bulbs you are using could be areas where you are losing money every month. Find savings tips you can implement at your home or office. Lighting Use energy-efficient Compact Fluorescents (CFL). They cost more to purchase but use one-quarter as much energy as incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer....

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One Central Phone for All Offices

One Central Phone for All Offices

Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation now has one central phone line to reach all of the district's offices. The new central phone number is: 1-800-369-2111. This replaces all local office numbers. While a number change is hard to get use to, this will be a local call from every area we serve. The 800 number has been in use for a long time, but it will now be...

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Broadband Build Updates

Broadband Build Updates

Tri-County Electric is proud to announce plans to build a fiber network throughout Trousdale County and the portion of Sumner County served by the Hartsville District. The project will be a Demand Response Pilot and will allow the rural electric cooperative, through their subsidiary Tri  County Fiber Communications, to provide broadband services to residents of...

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DIY Home Energy Audit

DIY Home Energy Audit

Saving money just got easier with a DIY Home Energy Audit that you complete at home and have experts review with the eScore program. Tri-County Electric Membership Cooperative and TVA have teamed up to make it easier to become energy efficient while you save money. The In-Home Energy Evaluation Program, helps you reduce your power usage and receive a cash incentive...

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Right of Way Policy

Right of Way Policy

Prior to maintaining the right-of-way, Tri-County Electric will attempt to contact the property owner using information available to Tri-County Electric. Tri-County Electric will only recognize the property owner or his/her pre-established designee as an individual having authority to make permanent decisions concerning the alteration of property. The property owner...

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Energy Saving Checklist

Energy Saving Checklist

There are things you can do to lower your energy usage. Discuss these with your family so that everyone can do their part to decrease your electric bill.  Take the energy right Home e-Valuation (do-it yourself energy audit), receive the free energy kit, use all the contents and save $2 – $4 per month. Adjust your HVAC system’s thermostat over an 8 hour period, each...

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Don’t Dig Without Calling Tri-County

Don’t Dig Without Calling Tri-County

One of the worst mistakes in any construction project is failing to identify where lines are buried on the property! It is costly and even potentially dangerous to dig up underground power, gas, cable, phone and water lines. There may also be irrigation water lines or buried electrical fencing conduits. Whether you are starting a landscaping project or undergoing...

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Landscaping with Utility Friendly Trees

Landscaping with Utility Friendly Trees

In an effort to keep trees away from power lines, planting trees within 30 feet of the Right of Way of your property is prohibited. Trees found within the 30' set back will be removed with the exception of “utility friendly” trees. An example of these trees includes dogwoods. Members are encouraged to review the full list of trees in the Vegetation Management...

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Tree Removal & Replacement

Tree Removal & Replacement

There may be properties in which removing the entire tree is the only option to protect the power lines. Obviously, tree removal is a permanent solution. This may be done when a fast-growing tree planted or growing directly under power lines would require frequent trimming, offering only a temporary solution. This need for continual or constant trimming can cause...

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NOAA Public Alert Radio

NOAA Public Alert Radio

Tri-County Electric is doing its part to help keep our members informed of dangerous weather conditions. On behalf of its members, NOAA Weather Radios have been installed in all schools, hospitals and nursing homes in our service area. This earned Tri-County Electric the Mark Trail Award from the National Weather Service. All members are able to purchase a NOAA...

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Surge Protectors

Surge Protectors

Surge Protectors are the best defense for keeping appliances and other electrical items safe from weather and other power grid issues. Fluctuations in power supply can destroy the items you have plugged into sockets in your home or business. While Tri-County Electric strives to maintain an uninterrupted power supply, there are weather events, such as lightning...

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