Your 10-digit Account Number is located in the upper left hand corner of the bill detail. This unique number identifies the specific account set up under your membership for the meter being tracked by this bill. Many of our members have more than one meter (house, barn, oil well, water well, etc.) and therefore have more than one account number. It is important that you provide the account number in question any time you need information on your account or report a concern, allowing us to more accurately address the specific meter.
Billing & Payment Options
Make paying your bill fit your lifestyle! You can pay your bill online via desktop, our SmartHub app, by phone and mail, or at any SWRE payment location. Tailor your account to your needs by setting up automatic bank drafts or opting into our Average Monthly Payment Plan. More information is available here: Bill Payment Options.
In order to better serve our members, Southwest Rural Electric Co-op collects and processes metering data in one billing cycle.
- Bills Mailed: 8th of each month
- Payments Due: 1st of the following month
- Auto-drafts Pay: 25th of the billing month
Due date of bill. This date is determined by your Billing Cycle.
Your bill lists the Present Meter Reading, the amount of kWh's recorded by the meter at the time of its most recent read; Previous Reading, the number of kWh's recorded on your last bill; and Difference, the number of kWh's recorded by the meter during the current billing period.
To learn more about the metering process, see our About Your Meter page.
Your electricity usage is metered in Kilowatt Hours (kWh). A kWh is equivalent to 1,000 watts (1.34 hp) of power used for a period of 1 hour. For example, if you were to use a 1.5 horsepower (about 1,000 watts) motor for an hour or a 100 watt appliance for 10 hours, each would consume roughly 1 kWh of electricity.
Steps in Calculating Usage Costs
Volt x Amps = Watts
Watts / 1000 = Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt (kW) x Hours of Use = Kilowatt Hour (kWh)
Kilowatt Hours (kWh) x rate = Cost of Usage
Volts x Amps = (Watts)
Watts / Volts = (Amps)
Watts / Amps = (Volts)
Calculating Resistance (Ohms)
Volts/Amps = R (Resistance)
For more information on energy usage, see Energy Efficiency.
Charge for energy used during billing period. Gross Receipts Taxes are collected on this charge.
Security Light Charges
Flat rate of $10.72 per SWRE Security Light on meter.
Basic minimum charge for service to meter. Every member is assessed this charge regardless of volume of load on meter. This charge has been traditionally rolled directly into the member's energy charge, but is now itemized seperately to provide a more accurate explanation of monthly costs.
State Gross Receipts Tax
Electric Cooperatives are assessed a State Gross Receipts Tax based on the amount of energy sold in their territory. This tax is basically a sales tax on natural resources and energy consumed in Oklahoma. The unique advantage of a gross receipts tax on electric Cooperatives is that it directly benefits the local school district in which it the tax is assessed.
Unpaid balances from previous bills are carried into the next billing period along with appropriate late penalties. Late fees are calculated at 1.5% of unpaid balance. Unpaid bills are subject to disconnection and collection.
We understand that occasionally circumstances arise that make it difficult to pay bills when they come due. Our customer service representatives are always willing to work with you to make appropriate payment arrangements and protect your credit rating and membership standing with SWRE.
Reducing Your Bill
You can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year by taking simple steps towards conserving energy around your home and business. Check out our Energy Efficiency page for tips.