- About Your Electric Bill
- Electric Bill Explanation
- Members are the Cooperative
- Monitoring Your Electrical Usage
Your electric bill will be mailed to you by the 10th of each month and must be paid by the 20th each month. The bill reflects usage for the previous month. For example, the bill you receive by July 10th is for energy you used between June 1st and June 30th. For a detailed explanation of the bill click here.
All bills are due by the 20th of each month. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, payments are due on the next working day. Payments received after the 20th will be charged 1.5% penalty fee. One "penalty free" late payment is allowed per year.
To make paying as convenient as possible we have provided several choices. A drive up drop box at our office building, is located near the flag pole. Bills also may be paid in person at our office or mailed to us.
Automatic Payment is also available. This is the method whereby your electric bill payment is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account each month. Download, complete and return the Automatic Payment Application at the bottom of this page or contact BCREA for more information.
You can also pay by Credit or Debit card. Authorize a regularly scheduled payment to be made with your credit or debit card and your payment will be electronically transferred on or about the 20th of each month. Sign up with the form below.
Online Bill Pay available 24/7. From the home page of this website you can securely view and pay your electric bill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on the Access My Account icon on the home page to set up your account. You will need a copy of your bill to enter your account information for set up. You can now also pay from your smart phone by downloading the Brown County REA Mobile App from the Apple or Google app store.
As a member you are a part owner of Brown County Rural Electric Association. The area served by Brown County REA is divided into 9 districts. Each district elects one director to the board of directors. Directors elections take place at the Annual Membership Meeting.
The Annual Meeting shall be held on a date determined by the Board of Directors. Directors serve a three year term.
The board of directors meets monthly to conduct the business of the Cooperative. They hire the General Manager who hires the Cooperative employees and manages the daily affairs of the Cooperative.
Brown County REA is a cooperative business, therefore we credit any money the members pay over and above actual operating expense to each member’s Capital Credit account. Your share of the Capital Credits for the year depends on the amount you have paid to the Cooperative that year. Each year you will receive a notice showing the amount of your Capital Credits for the past year.
By retaining Capital Credits for a period of time we reduce our need for borrowing money thus saving in interest cost. As money is available, and as the board decides, we pay Capital Credits to all people who were members in a certain year. We pay Capital Credits to estates on a discounted basis since the heirs receive payment ahead of the regular member.
If you move, call and let us know your forwarding address. As Capital Credits are paid in the future they will be sent to your last known address.
Your electric meter is an accurate way to measure electrical use. Brown County REA meters are tested on a regular cycle to ensure that they are working properly. You can use your meter to help you conserve energy and lower your electrical bills.
Keep a record of your meter readings for each month. By comparing use from one month to the next or for the same month a year earlier you can see if your use has changed. If you have not made major changes in your electrical system and have not added major appliances, but your use has changed it may indicate a problem in your electrical system.
You can also use daily readings to check your use. Daily readings help you keep track of patterns that may develop during the day or week. They may indicate ways that you can reduce electrical use without major changes in how you live.
Take a few moments each day (preferably at the same time) to record the reading on the electric meter. It’s best to start on the 1st day of the month and to keep a record for at least one month.
Subtract the previous days reading from today’s reading to get the total KHW used for the day. Also when you read the meter record any special activities that may have happened in the last 24 hours that may have affected energy use. Add up weekly and monthly totals of energy use. You will see how much--and when your family used electricity.
Your meter is an accurate way to measure electrical use. If you see a pattern of increasing use, try to find out why. Your records of daily use may show you the reason for the larger use. Was the weather colder and an engine heater plugged in? Was there increased laundry? Did you take extra showers?
If you cannot explain increased use from your notes, you may need to call an electrician to check for electrical wiring or appliance problems.
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