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June 2016


Technology is tool for SWRE Members by Mike R. Hagy


SWRE began implementing a strategic technology plan nearly 10 years ago. Our plan involved developing infrastructure and software in stages to spread investments over many years. Most of the infrastructure and software is now in place to implement our strategic plan. A must-have tool for all of our members is the Southwest Rural Electric mobile application (or “app” as we call them). It is available free on iTunes or Android.


Our members can use the app to look at bill history, pay their bill, graph their daily usage, send reminders and alerts to themselves, report outages, and look at real-time outage maps for our system.


I can also choose to go paperless and receive my bill by e-mail (E-bill) if I want to save a tree! A new feature of the app is the ability to bring up


If you desire, you can even report your outage on the app without calling in. The outage data for the app is actually based on outage calls that have been reported, but the system’s computer software will then predict or “project” further outages based on circuits and taps. The caveat is that the software may over-predict, but not under report.


Why do you need that app? I use the app to look at my home’s daily electricity usage. It is really interesting looking at the difference during a normal routine day versus days when all the family is home, or when extreme weather conditions have been encountered. I can also pay my bill with one click and get an e-mail receipt.


I can look at a bill and see my payment history. Geothermal info available


One of the most efficient methods of heating and cooling homes and businesses is geothermal – using the constant temperature of the earth. Tyson Taussig, an agent with Geo-Energy Services, can explain how geothermal heat pumps work and answer questions about installation, cost, rebates, tax incentives, and more. Tyson can be contacted by calling SWRE at 1-800-256-7973 or by e-mail, geothermal@SWRE.com.


What’s Cookin’ in the SWRE Kitchen Lemon Pie Bars Directions


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup butter, softened 4 eggs


1-1/2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon lemon zest


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix 2 cups of four and confectioners’ sugar together. Cut in the butter. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough consistency. Press the dough into a 9x13-inch baking pan. 3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


If you do not have a smart phone or tablet, you can access the outage map at our website (www.swre.com) as well as many of the other features like Bill Pay or usage history by the hour, day and month. If you want to look at outages across the state of Oklahoma, you


statewide (Oklahoma Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives) website at www.oaec.coop, and view an outage map for the whole state plus SWRE’s counties served in Texas.


In prolonged outages we will continue to post outage updates on Facebook and at the co-op website (www.swre.com).


At Southwest Rural Electric we will continue to develop technology that meets the needs of our members. That’s part of our vision of “Safety, Service, Satisfaction... One member at a time!”


Of course, if you don’t have a smart phone, iPad, tablet or Internet, you can report outages and pay bills just as you have always done.


can access the Oklahoma


the outage map and see the outages for all counties in the SWRE service area. You will not be able to identify individual outages, but you will know if there are widespread outages.


4. Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice and lemon zest for at least one minute. Pour the mixture over the baked crust.


5. Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar when cooled.


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