Surge Protection

As household appliances become more sophisticated, they have also become more sensitive to power surges. You probably know that power surges may be caused by lightning strikes. But did you know that trees, birds, and animals contacting power lines, poles broken by automobile accidents, and even faulty household appliances may also cause power surges?

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative has extensive lightning protection built into its distribution system. This system prevents most power surges from destroying our equipment and from entering your home. But even with this protection, a voltage surge can reach your home or place of business through our lines or through your telephone lines and TV cable.

The first stage in Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative's Home Surge Protection Program involves the installation of a meter base device designed to protect your appliances from damages caused by lightning or other surges that may enter your home. The Meter Socket Surge Protector defends your home at the electric service entrance against power surges up to 300,000 amps, and will be installed at the base of your electric meter by a qualified Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative representative. This product has been designed to provide protection from surges for standard residential appliances (limited to refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, and air conditioning units). As an additional protection for your home appliances the meter base device carries a $25,000 electro-mechanical warranty, in the event the unit should fail or a lightning surge more powerful than the rated protection enters your home through the electric service entrance. The meter socket surge protector can be leased for $4.95 per month, added to your electric bill.

The second stage of HOEC's Home Surge Protection Program involves the additional use of secondary Surge Suppression Power Strips to protect your sensitive electronic equipment not protected by the meter base device. Surge protection is also available for your deep well pump. All surge suppression devices listed below are recommended and warranted for homes with the three wire system. Although these are the best surge protectors we have found, no company can guarantee that a surge suppressor device will completely protect your home from voltage surges. In the event of a surge causing damages, HOEC can only honor the manufacturer's parts and workmanship warranty. Surge protectors will not eliminate other power quality problems such as blinks or voltage problems.

The best protection for computers and other devices that need back-up power is the use of an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). These units provide temporary protection against electrical outages in addition to providing surge suppression. With a UPS your computer remains powered for several minutes in the event of an outage, giving you time to shut the computer down properly and preventing the hard-drive corruption that can occur if a computer crashes due to sudden power loss.

The following UPS and surge suppression devices may be purchased from Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative. Sales Tax is included in prices of all products below; prices are subject to change without advance notice.

Surge Protection Equipment:

Model Description Price Warranty
SYC-240-B Meter Socket Surge Protector $4.95/month (lease) 15-Year Product; $25,000 Protection
SYC-S1 Single Outlet Plug Protector $20.08 Lifetime Product
SYC-6FTC 6 AC swivel outlets, Phone and Coax Protection $38.04 Lifetime Product
SYC-7TA1 7 AC outlet Strip w/ Phone Line, 6 ft. cord $47.55 Lifetime Product
SYC-7C 7 AC outlet Strip w/ Coax, 6 ft. cord $54.94 Lifetime Product
SYC-8TAC-2 8 AC outlet Strip w/ 2 Coax and 1 Phone Line $88.76 Lifetime Product
SYC-300-PTC Deep Well Pump Surge Protector $243.02 Lifetime Product; $25,000 Protection

Uninterruptible Power Supply:

Description Price Warranty
685VA w/ 4 Battery Backup/Surge Protection outlets and 4 Surge Protection outlets $142.64 Lifetime on Surge Protection, 3 Years on Battery Operation; $125,000 Protection


Surge Protection and UPS products may be purchased at the Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call the HOEC Member Services department at 417-256-2131 or toll-free 1-888-HOE-POWER.

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