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.

New Convenient Cash Payment Option

Tri-County Electric members now have an additional and convenient CASH payment option.  We are participating in a program that allows our members to make payments at locations where many of our members currently shop.  Follow the steps below to enroll in the program.      Step #1:  Member Obtains Barcode Member gets their unique real-time barcode.  Once the barcode...

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Lend Your Voice to Rural America

Lend Your Voice to Rural America

In 2016, rural America played a big part in our national elections – 500,000 MORE rural voters went to the polls than in 2012. In 2018, we saw more candidates and elected officials visiting cooperatives than ever before and engaging in dialogue about rural issues of importance. This year, electric cooperatives have the opportunity to play a vital role in encouraging...

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The Three (S’s) of Residential Solar Installations

Don’t get scammed by the solar sales presentation promising to eliminate your monthly electric bill. As a distributor of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power, Tri-County Electric supports our member-owner’s interest in solar energy. Unfortunately, many of our member-owners are being deceived by so called “Solar Power Experts”. Our members are being told if...

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Charging Station

Charging Station

Pingen Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University visited with Tri-County Electric’s Lafayette location last Friday. He said “Thank you very much for becoming a host of the level-2 charging station in the EV demonstration project. I look forward to demonstrating the EV in Macon County in the near...

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COVID-19 IMPACTED TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC’S 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

COVID-19 IMPACTED TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC’S 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

With the safety of our member-owners our top priority, Tri-County Electric announced a change in plans for the Annual Meeting that was to be held May 7, 2020 in Westmoreland, TN. Unfortunately, we were not be able to conduct our traditional celebration with our member-owners.  The 2020 official business meeting included only those board members and staff necessary...

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Nest Thermostat

Nest Thermostat

Learn more about your Nest Learning Thermostat and how you can utilize the features to help save energy in your home.   https://support.google.com/googlenest/topic/9361969?hl=en&ref_topic=9361189

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Heat Pump Loans

Heat Pump Loans

Tri-County Electric offers heat pump loans through TVA’s Energy Right program for the installation of heat pumps in our member-owners residences. Electric heat pumps and dual fuel heat pumps are eligible for financing through this low-interest fixed-rate loan program. Heat pumps, properly installed, provide energy efficiency for both heating and cooling. To qualify...

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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

It is important to keep electric poles clear for the safety of those who work on the power lines. Attaching items to electric poles is against the law. Attaching items to Tri-County Electric’s poles is prohibited not only by Board Policy, but it is also a violation of state law due to the safety hazard it creates. Any item attached to our poles presents an obstacle...

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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, it's the time for Levelized Billing sign ups 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 that...

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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 with electricity 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...

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2020 Washington Youth Tour Competition

2020 Washington Youth Tour Competition

The 2020 Washington Youth Tour Competition opens for this unforgettable trip. 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...

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Tennessee Valley Solar Calculator

Tennessee Valley Solar Calculator

Considering Solar? Tennessee Valley solar calculator can help you learn whether this is a good option for you by understanding the costs and potential savings of installing solar to your property. 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...

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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. Power Outage FEMA Advice is available to help you prepare for and respond to an extended outage both at home and in the workplace. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may: Disrupt...

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Standing Stone State Park Goes Green

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...

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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. this leaves many of us dealing with nuisance insects. They typically choose the south and west facing walls since these walls are the warmest. Once on the wall they look for nooks, crannies...

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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. You can take charge of your water with a Rain Garden. 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...

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Residential Rates

Billing Period:  September 2020 Minimum Bill (No kWh): $20 Energy Charge: (Cents / kWh) $0.09442 Security Light - 51 Watt LED: $9.88

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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. September 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...

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Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management

    Tri-County Electric's Vegetation Management policy balances the beauty of landscaping and tree planting in neighborhoods with the need to keep power lines clear of vegetation to keep the power source secure. The Vegetation Management policy is designed to keep trees from damaging the power supply. Most everyone recognizes the importance of trees. They provide...

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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

Use this calculator to help identify appliance savings tips. 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...

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Water & Lighting Savings

Water & Lighting Savings

Water and lighting savings can be found in inefficient water heaters, leaking faucets and the light bulbs you are using. These 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...

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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 for all offices in the district. 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 used as our...

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Broadband Build Updates

Broadband Build Updates

There are 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...

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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

Everyone should learn more about the Right of Way Policy at Tri- County Electric Membership Corporation. 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...

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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...

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Don’t Dig Without Calling Tri-County

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...

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Landscaping with Utility Friendly Trees

Landscaping with Utility Friendly Trees

Landscaping with utility friendly trees will help keep vegetation away form power lines. 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....

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Tree Removal & Replacement

Tree Removal & Replacement

Tree removal and replacement is sometimes necessary to protect power lines. 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...

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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. NOAA Public Alert Radio devices are available for members to purchase and have been installed in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. On behalf of its members, NOAA Public Alert Weather Radios have been installed in all schools, hospitals and nursing homes in...

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Surge Protectors

Surge Protectors

Surge Protectors are the best defense for keeping appliances and other electrical items safe from damage due to 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...

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