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Seasonal Use or Absenteeism


How much will my refrigerator or freezer use when I'm gone?

If refrigerators and freezers were not emptied and turned off while you were gone they will continue to operate to maintain preset temperatures. Other electrical appliances like clocks, heat tapes, security lights and televisions with an "instant-on" feature will continue to use electricity if they are not unplugged.

Can I eliminate electricity usage when my house is vacant?

If you are determined to use no electricity during your vacation, turn off the circuit breaker. But remember when you do this the automatic appliances and lighting will stop. Your refrigerator and freezer will defrost, your water heater will not have hot water ready for use upon your return, and your home may freeze or be very cold when you walk in the door. Remember also that vacationers often bring home several days of dirty laundry. This laundry will give your electric water heater and dryer a workout during the first day or two back home. Only you can decide whether your electric meter gets a vacation or not while you are gone.

Can I install my own emergency generator?

The National Electric Code (NEC), Article 700-6 and Article 230-83 require that for safety reasons a "double-pole, double-throw transfer switch be installed." It is KEM Electric's recommendation that the transfer switch be installed by a licensed electrician for safety reasons as well as proper application. Call KEM Electric Cooperative at 1-800-472-2673 or 701-254-4666 for more information and advice.