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A chart showing the contributions and payments from the Power to Care fund in 2020, 2021 and 2022

You Have the Power to Care

In September 2020, Benton REA launched the Power to Care bill assistance program. Two years later, the program has helped income-qualified members pay nearly $30,000 in past-due bills. Donating to the Fund Each month, 582 Benton REA members choose to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar or more. Since 2020, members have…

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Five Easy Ways to Exercise Your Civic Duty

September 20 is National Voter Registration Day America’s electric cooperatives, including Benton REA, understand the value of building relationships with elected officials at all levels of government. Many important policy issues directly impact electric utilities and ultimately, you, the consumer-members we proudly serve. Strengthening our relationships with elected leaders positions us to advocate for our…

West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry, right, accepts an energy-efficiency incentive check from Bob Evans, vice president of the Benton REA Board of Trustees. PHOTO BY SHANNON OLSEN

Wastewater Treatment Efficiencies Save City 1.7 Million kWh

On August 9, Benton REA presented the city of West Richland the second of two rebates for energy-efficiency improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. “Since 2016, there have been two major efforts completed where energy savings has persisted and reduced operational expenses for the city of West Richland ratepayers,” says Tony Simon, with the Bonneville…

Kristi Thien, nutrition services director with Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, accepts a donation from the Cooperative Balloon Associates, presented by Benton REA Board President Connie Krull. Behind them, the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives hot air balloon prepares for a tethered flight. PHOTO BY ELECIA COPENHAVER

Hot Air Balloon Gives Free Rides for Charity

Benton REA employees choose Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels for Cooperative Balloon Associates’ donation The Cooperative Balloon Associates donated $510 to Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels on behalf of Benton REA. Every day the hot air balloon is flown, a monetary contribution is made to a local charity on behalf of the sponsoring Touchstone Energy Cooperative. Benton…

A mother, son, father and daughter sit at a couch looking at a map for their family emergency plan. Emergency supplies and food are on the coffee table. Backpacks and clothes are on the couch and floor.

Be A Fam With A Plan

It’s not pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, but a little planning can make a big difference if the worst happens. Follow these tips to avoid feeling helpless during a disaster. Before Communicate:  Talk with your family about who to call, where to go and what to do if disaster strikes.  Educate: Plan different strategies…

wildfire flames approach a power pole. Smoke fills the air.

Wildfire Season Safety

Dear Members, So far this year, local fire districts have already had to deal with a significant number of structure fires and wildfires. Benton REA is grateful for the men and women who protect our homes, businesses and Benton REA’s electric infrastructure. It is the policy of Benton REA to take reasonable actions to reduce…

A green lawn tractor digs a post hole along a fence line. Dirt is exposed on a green grassy area. Call 811 before you dig.

Digging Into Summer

August 11 is National 811 Day–Call 811 before you dig If you are finally getting around to your summer backyard projects, it’s not too late to call 811. August 11 (8-11) is National 811 Day, a time to remember safety in all projects—especially those that require digging near underground utility lines. You may never think…

Benton REA members eat lunch at the 85th annual meeting.

Freepons, Evans Reelected at 85th Annual Meeting

Benton REA Trustees Mike Freepons, district 2; and Bob Evans, district 3 were reelected to serve three-year terms on the Benton REA Board of Trustees. Final votes were counted during the 85th Annual Meeting of Members on July 16, at Leona Libby Middle School in West Richland. Nearly 600 people attended the annual meeting and…

A woman inserts a new, clean filter in her HVAC unit, helping improve the air quality in her home.

Stay Fresh: Five Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

We spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average American spends 90% of their life indoors. Does anyone suddenly have the urge to go for a longwalk? Additionally, our homes are becoming better insulated and sealed with less air infiltration—which is great for our energy bills but not…

An older couple crouches in the garage to pet their dog. A hybrid electric water heater is in the background saving energy.

Spend Money to Save Money

Benton REA’s Energy Savings Loan program helps members improve efficiency without breaking the bank. When it comes to your home’s energy efficiency, sometimes you need to spend money to save money. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average single-family home spends more than 54% of its annual electricity bill on space heating and…