Surge ProtectionWhen lightning strikes near your home, there’s a good chance your electrical system will be jolted from a power surge. Power surges can destroy or cause expensive damage to your sensitive electronics and appliances. Being prepared for unexpected surges can make a big difference in protecting your electronics and appliances, and your peace of mind.
While lightning is often the cause of power surges, other factors such as tree limbs, construction work, demand fluctuations in your home, auto accidents, wildlife (birds, squirrels, etc.), and even disturbances transmitted through telephone and cable lines can have the same effect.
At Gulf Coast, supplying you with reliable and uninterrupted electric power is always our top priority. We build lightning protection into our distribution grid, but this primarily protects the overall grid. Noticing this, we decided to look at what we could do to help you, the member. Therefore, we have developed a surge protection program that is designed to allow you to sleep a lot easier during those rough nights.
Our surge protection program has been researched and offers you quality protection. I know many of you will say, "I can buy surge suppression equipment anywhere." This is true. But you can’t always tell “what’s inside” an off-the-shelf surge suppressor. The key to top-quality protection is multiple stages of internal protection that virtually block all damaging blips and spikes to your equipment.
We’ve researched the industry and offer only top “utility-grade” equipment to protect your most valuable electronics. This high-performance, multi-stage protection responds to even the smallest blip in less than a billionth of a second.
Gulf Coast offers two different stages of surge suppression to our residential customers. One is that you pay a one-time installation fee of $60.00 and $5.00 a month for the basic service. The basic service includes a meter socket adapter that is installed by a trained line technician at your home behind the electric meter and a plug-in suppressor. This device will take the blunt of any surge that may come in on the electric side of your home. Should the meter base arrester become damaged, we will replace it for free. The meter socket adapter is economical and relieves worries and major inconveniences by protecting the appliances you depend on every day, including your hard-wired appliances such as the refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, range, water heater and HVAC unit. As you can see, these items do not include any electronic devices. These devices must be protected with secondary surge protection. Gulf Coast carries a wide array of these secondary devices that are used to protect equipment such as: computers, modems, stereos, VCRs, televisions, digitial satellites and other equipment that uses microprocessors. The Cooperative sells these secondary products. Please speak with a marketing representative today concerning pricing.
Lastly, Gulf Coast performs surge audits for FREE. We will put together a surge suppression pack that will protect your home and electronics for just a few cents a day. We’ll match the right protection to your needs. From surge suppression at your meter, to individual item protection, we can safely protect your electronics with our affordable program. Contact our marketing department at 1-800-568-3667 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our value-added program.
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