Decatur Utilities is a customer of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which provides electricity to utilities throughout our region. We have some of the most competitive utility rates in the country and one of the lowest electric rates of any TVA distributor. Our electric rates are primarily based on the cost established by TVA. Approximately 90 cents of every dollar DU collects for electricity is paid to TVA to purchase electricity. View our FAQs page
for the answers to some of our most asked questions about our electricity services.
Outdoor Security Lighting
Decatur Utilities is pleased to offer dusk to dawn lighting for homes and businesses at a low cost that provides light for safety and security. The light, controlled by a photocell, turns on at sunset and off at sunrise.
Decatur Utilities offers a range of high-pressure sodium light fixtures that will meet your needs based on the size of the area where you are trying to enhance lighting levels. Installation of a light can be accomplished by two methods: 1) A light fixture can be installed on an existing Decatur Utilities pole or 2) A new pole can be installed (pending access for a utility truck) and a light fixture placed on the new pole. The new poles are wooden and are available in 30, 35 or 40-foot heights. Either installation method requires a two-year lease contract stating that you will keep the light and pole for the duration of the contract by paying the monthly fee. The fee covers the cost of the light, pole and kilowatt-hours used each month and shows up as a line item on your monthly utility bill.
to see the rate schedule for the cost of the different lighting options. Please contact our office at 552-1440 and we will be happy to discuss the options and cost associated with each one. The standard security light requested by most customers is a 100 watt High-Pressure Sodium light.
Decatur Utilities will maintain the security light. If the light fails to work properly, contact us and a service technician will make repairs at no cost to you.
Energy Right Program
The Energy Right Program from TVA will help you conserve energy in your home and in turn save money on your electric bill. Click on the links below to access the website for information on energy saving tips, a free home energy e-Valuation, how to read your electric meter, energy right programs for new homes, heat pumps and water heaters and other valuable information. If you are interested in tracking your electricity usage, your electric meter will tell you how much you are using from month to month.
TVA offers "eScore" - an evaluation of your home's energy efficiency. Your resulting "eScore" is accompanied with recommendations for how to improve the home's efficiency levels. As you implement the recommendations, you eScore will continue to improve toward a 10 - and your usage of electricity will decrease!
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is launching a commercial and industrial loan program for energy saving and renewable energy projects. Click here
for more information.
Electrical Safety at Home
Everyone should be aware of potential electrical hazards and concerns at home. To learn more about how to keep you and your family safe, please click on the following links:
ESFi – Electrical Safety Foundation International – Safety Tips
Click here to open the website in a new window.
National Fire Protection Association – Electrical Safety Tips