I wasn't sure if this was in the right place or not so my apologies if it needs to be moved.
I'm looking to buy a plasma in the next month or so and just happened to get a pamphlet in the mail from my local energy company (Duke Energy) about their StrikeStop surge protection service.
The gist of it is that its supposed to stop power surges at the meter so they never enter your home's electrical system. In addition there is a $2 a month monetary coverage fee you can pay which covers surges that could enter your home through other means than electric (voice, data, video).
Has anyone else heard of this before? Anyone using it? The one time charge is about as much as a good surge protector but I just don't know if I'd feel safe without one. I'm anxious to hear if anyone else has any experience with these or has heard of them. I usually have power outages 2-3 times a year here so its not terribly frequent (I think), but for the amount of money I'm spending for the TV I wouldn't be opposed to an extra layer of protection if its worth it.