Peace of Mind for Mother Nature’s Temperament
YOU COULD BE A WINNER! Watch for future Energy Makeover Contests to have chances to win valuable prizes to enhance your efficiency and conservation efforts. Keep your appliances on, your home warm, the game on TV, your sump pump running, and the lights shining during your next power interruption. Enter for a chance to win this quarter’s Energy Makeover Contest prize. Choose either the installation of an interlock kit to make hooking up your portable generator safer and more convenient ($500 value) or use those prize dollars towards the purchase and installation of a Kohler standby generator from Sioux Valley Energy.
When it comes to using a generator for backup power, there are two ways to go--portable or permanently installed standby generators. A portable generator can be used for camping, tailgating, and if wired properly, for home outages. One of the simplest and least expensive methods of readying your home for the connections of a portable generator is to install an interlock kit in the main electrical panel and a permanently installed generator inlet on the outside of your home. The interlock kit, when installed properly, will not allow the main breaker and the generator breaker to be on at the same time so there is no chance of the generator backfeeding into the utility system. By feeding your entire electrical panel with the generator you will not have to run any extension cords from the generator throughout the house. However, depending on the capacity of the portable generator, you may have to manage some larger loads in the home such as the water heater, central air, electric heating, stove, and clothes dryer to name a few.
A permanently installed standby generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically—whether you are home or away—all within seconds of a power outage. There’s a higher investment to install a standby generator, but it takes all the work and worry out of dealing with a power interruption.
Sioux Valley Energy is now offering services of installing interlock kits and Kohler standby generators to give you peace of mind for Mother Nature’s temperament. Most interlock kits can be installed for less than $500. The Kohler standby units come in a range of sizes from 8 KW to 20 KW. Loans are available up to $10,000, 5% interest with a 7-year term for the purchase and installation of standby generator equipment by the cooperative. Contact Reggie Gassman, Manager of Customer Electrical Services, at 800-234-1960 for a quote and more information on generator options.
For your safety, please keep these things in mind. When using a portable generator:
- Operate the generator in a clean, dry, well ventilated area. Operate in an open area—never in an enclosed, confined structure such as a garage or basement. Breathing in the carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can cause serious injury or death and improper ventilation can lead to ignition of materials. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Don’t overload the generator—know the rated capacity. Don’t tamper with factory engine speed settings. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.
- Turn off all equipment powered by a generator before shutting it down. Never fuel a generator while it is operating.
- If your home has not been wired by a licensed electrician to have an interlock kit, don’t try to connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. In these applications, use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated three-pronged grounded extension cords and plug appliances directly into generators. Contact SVE if you would like us to install an interlock kit.
“Peace of Mind for Mother Nature’s Temperament” ENERGY MAKEOVER ENTRY! Please complete the entry below. Enter by March 31st, 2020. If your name is drawn, you will be asked to choose either the installation of an interlock kit to make hooking up your portable generator more convenient ($500 value) or use those prize dollars towards the purchase and installation of a Kohler standby generator by Sioux Valley Energy.
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Please complete the entry below and hit submit. One entry per member. Enter by March 31st, 2020.