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Get familiar with Cyber Basics

At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. This year has already seen more than a fair share of cyber attacks and breaches, including the high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure. Furthermore, cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated with more evolved…

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Why Replace Utility Poles?

You probably don’t pay much attention to the utility poles, but did you know these tall structures are the backbone of Benton REA’s distribution network? Strong, sturdy utility poles ensure a reliable electric system, which is why we routinely inspect the thousands of poles found on our lines. “Pole replacement helps us maintain our system…

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2021 Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due August 19 for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest.  All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electric accounts are  eligible. Prizes will be distributed at the Benton REA Annual Meeting on September 18 in West Richland. The following prizes will be awarded for each age category:…

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A Lot of Security for Less Than a Latte

PowerNET’s managed router service helps families and businesses manage their internet network For the cost of one large latte, have peace of mind about your home internet network. PowerNET’s managed router service helps families and businesses maximize their internet use while helping protect everyone connected for just $5 a month, regardless of your internet provider.…

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Tree Pruning Improves Services for All

We are fortunate to have so many trees offering beauty, shade, and a habitat for birds and other wildlife. Benton REA strives to balance maintaining beautiful surroundings with a reliable power supply by keeping power lines clear in rights-of-way. A right-of-way is the land Benton REA uses to construct, maintain, replace or repair underground and…

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Practice Safety When DIY-ing

These days many of us are spending more time at home and finding new, creative ways to enhance our living space. Tackling do-it-yourself projects can be fun and cost-effective, so why not roll up those sleeves and get started! Whether painting the front door with a fresh hue or finally upgrading those patio lights, successfully…

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Know What’s Below

Spring is here. There’s never been a better time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Perhaps you’re making plans for a new garden or a lawn makeover. However you’re planning to revamp your backyard oasis, remember to keep safety in mind for all projects—especially those that require digging near underground utility lines. Most…

A woman stands in her sliding glass doorway with her cell phone to her ear. Scam artists use phone numbers you recognize. Do not trust your caller ID. Never give away your financial information over the phone.

Watch Out For Financial Scams

Unfortunately, in today’s world, financial scams are inevitable. Scammers can threaten you with everything from legal action involving the Internal Revenue Service to turning off power to your home. Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language to frighten you into…

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Check Your Circuit Breakers Before Reporting An Outage

Parts of your home—including outlets and entire walls—can lose power when circuits are overloaded. If your power goes out unexpectedly, check your home’s circuit breakers and main breaker before calling to report an outage. If a Benton REA crew is dispatched and the problem is on your side of the meter, you may be required…

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Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due June 19, 2020, for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest. All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electrical accounts are eligible. Prizes will be distributed in July. For more information, call 509-781-6752 or email rmitchell@bentonrea.org. Age Categories: Kindergartners and 1st graders 2nd and 3rd graders 4th…