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You have the power with prepaid metering


3UHSDLG PHWHULQJ LV DV VLPSOH DV LW VRXQGV members pay for electricity before it is used, then use the electricity until the credit expires. A WHUUL¿F DQDORJ\ IRU SUHSDLG PHWHULQJ LV SXWWLQJ gas in your car. Say you only have $30 for the week to pay for gasoline. You drive down to the station, pump in $30 and drive off. As you drive during the week, what happens? You monitor the gauge and make sure each trip is necessary. If you drive too much, you burn up your $30 before the week is out. By checking the


gauge throughout the week, you became more prudent with your gas use and made informed decisions.


Now let’s transfer that analogy to your account with LREC. With normal metering, you get a bill after you have used the electricity. Sometimes it comes as a shock. “How could I possibly have used so much electricity?” Prepaid metering is designed to ease and, hopefully, eliminate that shock.


The components of a prepaid metering system aren’t too different from regular metering. Two extra pieces are required; a way to turn off the power when all your money is used and a way for LREC to tell you how much you have left in your account.


Now let’s see it in action. You have the prepaid metering equipment installed. Prepaid users often receive HOHFWULFLW\ XVH QRWL¿FDWLRQV WKURXJK D phone call, emails or text messages. Now you decide how often you want to buy electricity. Monthly? Weekly? Then you budget for a certain amount of power and pay the co-op.


Prepaid metering teaches the value of electricity, what uses watts in your home, provides absolute control over how much you pay and helps you reduce your energy use. It is a tremendous way to power your life. Contact LREC to learn more about prepaid metering.


By paying for electricity as you go, you can monitor energy use and know when you need to conserve. A few benefits of participating in prepaid metering are:


• Teaches the value of electricity


• Helps consumers understand what uses watts in their home


• Provides absolute control over how much money is spent on electricity


• Helps reduce energy use 2 LREC Powerline Press


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