I just received an eMail from Connecticut Light and Power about a whole-house protector in the meter base. They offer a unit for $62 installation fee and $4.95/mo. They also provide five inline suppressors for in-house electronics.
I will be having the installation done when I return from vacation the end of the month.
Lon - W3LK
Do they offer any sort of warranty or 'insurance' in case the thing should fail?
I am going to assume this is a 'feed through' style meter and not a C.T. (current transformer) type here. CT meters are very uncommon for services less than 200 amps. Especially for single phase.
Another question, how long is the feeder from the meter can/socket to your 'main' electric panel? If its more than 10 feet or so you still have a gap in the protection in that a surge could be picked up inductively in the feeder itself between the meter and the panel. Also where is the earth ground connected? If it is connected at the main panel/disconnect (which it should be) and there is some distance between the meter and that panel/disconnect that could result in a relatively high impedance path to ground. High enough impedance and the TVSS is rendered useless.
Hopefully this wont be an issue but just some things to consider.