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he electrician title is commonly, and mistakenly, used by Tri-County Electric’s members to describe our linemen. The error is understandable but there is a difference. Electricians work from the meter into the house or business it serves, primarily dealing with wiring. Linemen work from the meter up to the poles and power lines delivering the electricity. Their training and certification requirements are vastly different.

Reese Thompson joined Tri-County Electric two years ago.

Prior to joining the cooperative, Reese was a system support specialist at Seaboard Foods in Guymon. He is now part of a team of electricians who work to maintain, install and upgrade commercial and house wiring as needed by the cooperative. His skills have been invaluable as we work to upgrade older meters to the new ‘smart’ meters. “Helping our members is the best part of this job for me,”

said Reese. “I’m also thankful to work with such a great group of people.” Reese grew up in Ringwood, Okla., and now lives in

Guymon with his wife DeeDee. They have three children, Codi, 24, Chris, 22, and Taylor, 16. In April, they celebrated the arrival of their third grandchild, Joshua. He joined Liberty and Makenzie in the Thompson family. When he’s not working Reese enjoys spending time with his

family as well as hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He is also part of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief group.

Follow these simple energy saving tips to avoid having warmer weather turn into “summertime blues” when your monthly electric bill arrives. Adjust the thermostat. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills. Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year. Be a “fan-atic.” While they don’t replace air conditioners or heat pumps, fans move air and help you feel more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave. Regular maintenance is essential. Tri-County Electric recommends that members have their HVAC systems serviced annually. A professional will check your entire system to make sure it runs efficiently. This will help to extend life of the system and save money. Instead of getting burned this summer by high energy bills, visit for more money-saving ideas.


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