Knowing the safety precautions and legal responsibilities of your electric service is important for all KEC members. You may not be aware of what equipment is the homeowner’s responsibility and what is KEC’s responsibility. Electric meters are the property of KEC. Removing the meter with current flowing through it can lead to an electrical explosion. The person working with the meter could be injured or killed.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:23pm
Trees add tremendous value to our homes and communities. They are a source of beauty in our landscapes, provide food and shelter for people and wildlife, shade our communities, provide oxygen and offer a multitude of other benefits. However, trees growing near power lines present some real challenges. They can cause power outages, fuel fires and can be deadly to our employees and members when not properly managed.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 03/13/2018 - 1:40pm
We are always looking for better ways to serve you. It’s amazing what we learn through listening and observation. New products and services are more likely to gain the satisfaction of members when their introduction follows market research.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:15pm
It’s unfortunate that in today’s world, scams are inevitable. Scammers can threaten us with everything from legal action involving the IRS to turning off power to our home. Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language to create a sense of urgency in order to frighten you into offering your credit card or bank account information. Don’t fall victim to these types of scams.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:11pm
If KEC equipment is behind a locked gate on your property, please be sure we have either a key or combination to that lock so crews have access during outages and other work. Failure to provide KEC with this can slow down the outage restoration process. Also, please keep us updated if you change the locks or combinations. KEC can provide members with a lock to interlock with their own so we can access our equipment. Call 208.765.1200 for details.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:41pm
Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) would like to warn its members about a scam that has impacted our business members. According to reports, scammers have contacted KEC members claiming to be with another local utility claiming their bill is overdue and needs to be paid immediately. When questioned, the scammers claim they are being contracted by Kootenai Electric. If payment is refused, they will threaten to change their meter and disconnect the service.
KEC members should follow these tips to avoid falling for this scam and others:
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:40am
If you’re a resident of the Northwest, you are probably experiencing the benefits of hydropower without even realizing it.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:49pm
Summer brings home improvement projects and remodeling. Sometimes, those projects require moving or upgrading the electrical lines and equipment used to supply electricity to your property.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 1:52pm
Ensuring our members have ready and reliable access to affordable power is something your Cooperative invests considerable time pursuing. There are many reasons for this. Financially, the cost of power represents nearly half of our total cost of doing business. In other words, nearly 50 cents of every dollar collected in rates is used to purchase or produce power used by our members. Electric power is also a very unique commodity.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:14am
This month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety. May is Electrical Safety Month, and KEC will be sharing safety tips and reminders on social media throughout the month to help raise awareness about the dangers of electricity. We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is used improperly.
Submitted by Kootenai Electr... on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:23am