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Take advantage of daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave curtains on your windows to allow daylight to penetrate the room while preserving privacy. Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight.

TCED Current Projects & Updates

Public Power Week

Tell City Electric Department is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5-11 2014, along with the American Public Power Association and more than 2,000 other not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans. To mark this week, TCED offers a few tips on how to save energy and money in your home, while caring for the environment:

  • Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house is properly insulated - you can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling bills, and make your home more comfortable.
  • Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or air conditioning filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, by switching to cold water, you can save $30-$40 every year.
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs including halogen incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs to reduce energy use by as much as 80 percent.
  • Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Better still, use a power strip and turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power, to save $100 a year on your electricity bill.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission - providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. More at

Superintendent's Report

Dennis Dixon has been hired and is now employed as Assistant Superintendent. Dennis will replace current Superintendent, Marlow Smethurst when Marlow retires on December 31, 2014.

Dennis has 34 years of experience with electric utilities. Previously, Dennis served as Superintendent of the Marshall, Michigan municipal electric department. Dennis has also been employed by Peabody, Massachusetts Municipal Light & Power and Richmond, Indiana Power and Light. Dennis served with Richmond for 29 years, where his last position was Manager of Power Delivery.

Tell City Electric (TCED) is currently replacing the existing street lighting in the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street with LED lighting. TCED has also recently replaced street lighting in the 500 block of 7th Street with LED lighting.


Planting trees, Shrubs and Flowers

Utility infrastructure may not be the best feature in yards, but it is necessary to deliver safe and reliable electricity. During Summer, many customers plant trees, shrubs and flowers to hide pad-mounted transformers and other utility infrastructure. This can affect the utilities ability to maintain, troubleshoot and turn off power quickly during emergencies, such as a house fire.

Here are some rules about planting around TCED equipment:

  • Don't plant anything within 8 feet of a transformer's front door. Linemen use 8-foot long "hot sticks" to energize and de-energize underground lines from those boxes.
  • Don't plant anything within 3 feet of a transformer's sides.
  • Keep the area in front of the electric meter clear so it can be easilly accessed for reading, testing and troubleshooting.
  • Don't plant trees under power lines.

Summer Safety Tips

With the arrival of warmer weather and more children playing outside, here are a few tips to be sure your children and grandchildren know how to stay safe during outdoor play.

  • Never climb a utility pole.
  • Don't play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment.
  • Never climb trees under power lines. Even if power lines aren't touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to a branch.
  • Fly kites and model airplaines away from trees and overhead power lines.
  • Never go into an electric substation, which contains high-voltage equipment that can kill.
  • Look up and around you. Always know where power lines are located, particularly when using long metal tools, such as ladders and pool skimmers.
  • Water and electricity don't mix. Keep electronics and radios away from pools and hot tubs.
  • Never touch an electrical appliance if you are wet. Always dry off completely before handling electrical devices.


The City of Tell City is in the process of a proposed annexation. Should this annexation be passed, the service boundary of Tell City Electric Department will change.

Currently Southern Indiana Power (SIP) is serving a majority of the homes and businesses in the proposed annexation area. Tell City Electric Department has reached an agreement with SIP whereby Tell City Electric Department will provide service to 38 customers in the proposed annexation area.

By State Statute, Tell City Electric Department has three years to provide service to these 38 customers. We are planning to have electric service to these customers within two years.


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The Tell City Electric Department Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 6:00pm (unless the meeting date is changed). The meeting is held at the Commercial Office at 601 Main Street. The Public is welcome to attend. A meeting "Agenda" is available by calling the office at 812-547-3411