Steiner Wins ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program Instant Discounts Leader Award

Steiner Electric is proud to receive the Instant Discounts Leader Award for the ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program. As a member of the ComEd® Energy Efficient Program, Steiner is relied on by ComEd® to educate and train customers in the latest energy efficient LED products to maximize savings and incentives for proper energy efficiency improvements to their facilities.

ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program Instant Discounts Award given to Steiner

“Steiner has done such a great job growing with the Instant Discounts program over the course of the year. ComEd® is very excited to see this growth with such an important distributor in our territory. The Instant Discounts team unanimously agreed that Steiner deserved this award above the other 120 distributors in the program.” – ComEd® Representative, Paul Gongola 

What is the Energy Efficiency Program? 

The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program was originally established to help customers save money and teach them to use energy more wisely through offering assessments, rebates, discounts, and recycling programs funded in compliance with state law. “We believe everyone has an equal right to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, which is why we offer programs to help customers save energy and money,” said Jane Park, senior vice president of customer operations for ComEd. 

How does it help companies reduce energy costs? 

At Steiner Electric, we work with our customers to help retrofit old lighting technology and redesign to LED lighting – which immediately provides energy savings, as well as providing a more efficient and long-lasting light. Energy savings can typically consist of 50% or greater on a given lighting retrofit or redesign project. ComEd® offers incentives for customers to take action, which helps aid in paying for these projects to be completed.

What are its benefits to the environment? 

Less energy consumed is immediately better for the environment. LED products also have a longer lifespan, meaning less waste thrown away on an annual basis. New LED lamps do not have mercury in them, as a lot of old fluorescent technology did – another positive in protecting the environment. 

Energy Savings Tips Recommended by ComEd®

  • Carefully regulate temperature settings. 
  • Reduce heat from escaping through windows. 
  • Power off any unused electronics during closed-hours or when not in use. 
  • Use less light to illuminate work areas. Only illuminate the space you need. 
  • Power off lights when rooms are unoccupied.
  • Maintain a clear area around heating and cooling vents. 

Select the Right Power Generator Using BIM Models

Let’s start with the basics. A generator serves the purpose of supplying power to an application that would generally have lost power due to an outage. Perhaps you need a generator for standby or continuous power. No matter what type of generator your project calls for…. you’ve come to the right place to begin this journey. At Steiner Electric, our power systems experts are waiting to help you determine the right fit for your application, and our certified technicians are prepared to install as well as provide any necessary maintenance throughout the generator’s lifetime.

We want to clarify that this process can be a difficult task for anyone who is unfamiliar with power generators. We understand that. So, we’ll cover a few more points before encouraging you to take the next step…. discussing your exact requirements with one of our generator experts at Steiner. 

What are BIM Models and how can they help you select the right power generator?

  • BIM is short for Building Information Modeling.  
  • You can freely access a fully integrated archive of BIM Models containing up-to-date generator information. These models have all the specifications you need to help determine the right generator for your application. Learn more 
  • Did you know that most engineers and architects already work with BIM Models today? That’s because BIM Models enable a more efficient process leading to less cost, less waste, and fewer delays. 
  • What can you find in the BIM Model archive? 
    • 100+ BIM Models Available 
    • Latest Drawings, Details, and Specs 
    • Diesel, Natural Gas, Propane, and Dual Fuel generator models plus ATS
    • On-Demand Downloads
    • Free All Access 

For personal assistance with BIM Models and Generator Project Support please contact the Steiner Power Systems team at 847-956-3098.

Disinfectant Lighting Technology Can Help Reduce Germs

Lighting Products that Supplement the Disinfection of Commonly Used Spaces*

The new normal hasn’t been established yet. We’re still determining what everyday life will look like for a functioning society that depends heavily on human interaction. Above all, the world is uncertain as to how long we will need to accommodate for COVID-19. Community leaders and organizations are stepping up to innovate new technologies, with the purpose of helping us safely adapt to this new way of living.  

*STEINER MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE BENEFITS OR PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THESE PRODUCTS, THEIR APPLICATIONS, DIRECTIONS FOR USE AND OTHER PRODUCT INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO EACH MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE. WHETHER A TECHNOLOGY IS EFFECTIVE AGAINST SARS-COV-2 WHICH CAUSES COVID-19, PLEASE REFER TO EACH MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Introducing Disinfectant Lighting Technology

A concept designed to safely and efficiently reduce bacteria, molds, yeast, fungi, and when applied according to the manufacturer’s directions, this technology can eliminate up to 99.9% of the viruses in a room. Does it kill COVID-19? Good question. That information pertains to the individual manufacturer of disinfectant lighting products. You will need to review their specific statements of qualifications and product specifications (Puro Lighting, Hubbell Lighting, Kenall, Acuity Brands).

Products from these leading lighting manufacturers use different wavelengths, including UV, 405 Nanometer, or 222 Nanometer in their technologies to inactivate viruses and bacteria and to reduce pathogens on surfaces.

Application of these technologies necessitates an understanding of your environment along with other factors. Contact our lighting team in order to receive more information and to establish a better understanding of the key differences between each type of Disinfectant Lighting Technology.

Common Facilities That Use Disinfectant Lighting Technology

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Schools
  • Fitness Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Grocers
  • Retail Stores
  • Hotels
  • Office Buildings
  • Public Restrooms
  • Mass Transit
  • Any Place People Gather

A Look Back At Summer 2019

Summer 2019 has been an exciting season to say the least! The Steiner family is continuing to create new memories together. From our annual outings and fundraisers to new experiences – together, we make Steiner’s environment welcoming and thriving for all.

Saying Goodbye to Great Friends Retiring

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Steiner family. You will all be truly missed.

Don Petrovich, 20 Years of Service


Terry Boone, 17 1/2 Years of Service


Rick Ryan, 33 Years of Service

Celebrating Work Anniversaries

Thank you for your continuous devotion and loyalty to our Steiner family.

Steve Bednar and Ruperto Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Robert Quijada’s 25th Anniversary& Florante Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Ron Styne’s 30th Anniversary


Jack Sweeney’s 30th Anniversary

Special Events This Past Summer

Steiner Pride Week!

We express our pride in working with great people who treat one another like family 💙

Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

Help us fight Alzheimer’s disease!


Folks at Steiner came together in memory of a family member to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through selling handmade tie-dye shirts. Proud to be a part of such amazing support and solidarity.


22nd Annual Pig Roast – A Customer Appreciation Event

An annual event hosted at our Rockford Branch! Opportunities to network, view great products and watch demonstrations from our suppliers abounded. Fun door prizes were won and this year’s raffle had two wooden sculptures carved with a chainsaw by an amazing artist from a single piece of wood. As always, there was delicious food and live music.


Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Continue reading and watch the time-lapse video….


Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength. Continue reading…. 


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The New Steiner Website Is Here!

The new Steiner website was launched to continue to give quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs. Designed to help easily manage and monitor purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way for customers to get what they need, when they need it… giving them The Power to Connect.

Explore all the new capabilities our updated website now offers!

Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

The Purple Winged Warriors’ Story

It has affected us all in different ways, but we will NOT go quietly into the good night…If you think about people in your life, odds are, you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or is affected by Alzheimer’s. It should make you mad, too! There is no cure yet and funding is low – we need to make our voices heard, not only when signing petitions, but by letting families and caregivers know they are not alone. 

Even if you can only give a little, you’re letting another family know that you’re on their side and they’re worth fighting for – memories matter, people matter, family matters, caregivers matter – cures matter!

If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would still like to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate.

All donations go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness for this disease, raise funds for a cure, and support caregivers and families taking care of loved ones who are battling this disease. 

#EndAlz

Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Although Danczyk was feeling a bit under the weather, he provided us with an amazing chainsaw performance from start to finish. He later applied paint to the carving at his home workshop to complete the sculpture.

View this spectacular time lapse video of the chainsaw carving starting from a 6-foot tall piece of solid wood to a finely detailed work of art.

It was a privilege to have Danczyk demonstrate a chainsaw carving for our guests to enjoy.

Here’s the finished sculpture pictured from different angles. Just amazing detail all done with a chainsaw by a truly gifted artist.

See more carvings from Danczyk Woodcraft here.

Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength.

Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”

Reflections from Some Who Attended

Thank you so much for yesterday!  Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind.  This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!

Thanks, Tom Zapp


Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation.  Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace.  Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in.  I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend.  She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.

Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.

Dawn Thomas


I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  What a strong wonderful woman.  She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me.  I would be bitter forever.

Thanks again, Bernie Eadon


I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures.  Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”.  This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.

Sincerely, Elmer Jovel

$200 Off Installation of Kohler Home Generators

Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Protect your home with a Kohler standby generator and realize great savings on installation and receive free Kohler products with qualifying purchase.

From June 21 to Sept. 30, 2018, Steiner is offering more than $500 worth of incentives on Kohler generator models ranging in power from 8kW to 60kW. When purchasing from a participating, authorized dealer, homeowners will receive $200 off installation, a free OnCue Plus Generator Management System ($245 value), and a free maintenance kit ($70 value).

Reliable Power from Kohler

High winds, especially when combined with rain from thunder storms, can damage electricity utility systems, resulting in service interruptions for large numbers of electrical customers. That means no power for air conditioners, refrigerators, or ability to recharge laptops or smartphones or other personal electronic devices.

Kohler has a fast, safe and affordable solution. If power goes out, you can count to 10, and Kohler’s standby generators will have recognized the loss of power and automatically switched to generator power.

The generators start and stop automatically with the aid of automatic transfer switches (ATS) that monitor electric output from the utility. If the power goes out, the ATS will switch to generator power in as little as 10 seconds to keep the AC, furnace, sump pump, refrigerator or other home appliances up and running.

Kohler generators feature enhanced starting power, which is a critical feature. A large appliance, such as an AC, requires as much as 3 times the amount of power to start the appliance as compared to the power needed to keep the appliance running.

Kohler’s 14/20kW Resa models, for instance, which feature Kohler’s Power Boost Technology, can start large loads such as a 5-ton central AC without dropping power to other appliances.

Kohler generators maintain outstanding power quality even in a home where power demands are fluctuating. Voltage regulation is critical because if the voltage is too high it can damage sensitive electronics such as the circuit boards on new appliances, LED TVs, computers and other technology. Conversely, when voltage is too low, it can affect motor performance on HVAC/R systems and shorten the life of the motor.

Managing your Generator

The OnCue® Plus Generator Management System and App gives you peace of mind in the palm of your hand. With OnCue, you can get real-time status updates on your KOHLER generator from an iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device, PC or Mac®. You can receive instant generator updates via text or email.

When OnCue is paired with a Programmable Interface Module, users have automatic, off-site control to activate critical items such as security systems.

Get more information on how you can save $200 on installation of a new Kohler home generator or receive a free estimate.

Quench Your Thirst with a Free Pop from Steiner

Beat the summer heat and quench your thirst at Steiner’s Will Call Counters.

Enjoy a FREE 24oz bottle of ice-cold pop when you make an in-person purchase or pick up an order at one of Steiner’s eight Will Call Counters.

This thirst quenching deal runs from July 2 through July 31, 2018 or while supplies last.

A receipt of purchase or invoice for pickup must be presented at time of visit. One 24oz. bottle per visit.

Our well-stocked Will Call Counters are conveniently located across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, so while your picking up your supplies take a cooling respite from the dog days of summer.

Ordering Made Easier

Purchasing products to pickup is easier than ever. Order online from the Steiner website or on your smartphone using the free Steiner Mobile App.

So, place your order, and pick it up at a Will Call Counter to satisfy your thirst.

KOHLER Tops in Live Load Tests

Sometimes, the time comes when you need to put your money where your mouth is. Steiner Electric did just that when it matched a 20kw Kohler generator that it distributes against a higher kilowatt-rated competitor’s generator in a head-to-head, Live Load Test.

The Kohler generator came out on top in this live test performed in front of several residential Kohler Dealers at recent Annual Power Systems Kohler Dealer Conference.

The Kohler 20RESD generator uses the PowerBoost feature that improves power quality for everything from small components to large appliances.

To make this a fair test, the two generators were subjected to the same parameters. Both generators were hooked up to the same gas supply line and pressure. Both generators ran at 240 V and 60hz, and both generators had the same block load applied of 70 A per phase.

The result of the comparative test showed that the Kohler generator outperformed the competitor’s model. This despite the competitor being rated at 22kw for propane and 19.5kw for natural gas, while the Kohler model was rated at 20kw LP and 18kw NG.

Here are results of the Live Load Test when applying a block load of 70 A per phase to each generator using natural gas:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage dipped to 221.5V
  • Frequency dipped to 58.2hz


Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage dipped to 202.1V
  • Frequency dipped to 54.87hz

The Kohler generator also had superior results during recovery when removing the load:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage overshoot 245.5V
  • Frequency overshoot 62.19hz

Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage overshoot 251.0V
  • Frequency overshoot 63.76hz

An average house supplies 120/240V and 60.0hz. House lights, refrigerators and washing machines run at 120 V and 60hz. Air conditioners, electric dryers, electric stoves, and well pumps ideally run at 240 V and 60.0hz. So, the closer the voltages are kept to the 120/240V and 60hz, the longer appliances will last.

When selecting a generator, you must calculate the essential wattage requirements you wish to use during an emergency utility outage. Your total wattage requirements will determine which Kohler residential generator set system will best fit your needs. In doing so you also need to carefully review inductive and resistive loads of all your appliances. Most appliances require more current to start (inductive loads) than to run (resistive loads) therefore when large appliances cycle on and off, they can create a surge in demand for power.

Kohler home generators provide better voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion for excellent generator power quality to protect your valuable electronic due to the use of the PowerBoost ʳ Technology. This feature helps reduce the strain caused by these load surges.

Kohler generators maintain outstanding power quality even in a home where power demands are fluctuating. Voltage regulation is critical because if the voltage is too high it can damage sensitive electronics such as the circuit boards on new appliances, LED TVs, computers and other technology. Conversely, when voltage is too low, it can affect motor performance on HVAC/R systems and shorten the life of the motor.

Steiner service tech Garth Rossmiller explains to dealers how efficiently the Kohler generator works.

In addition, frequency will affect motor performances and reduce efficiencies if the frequency does not match the motor’s frequency design specifications.

The Kohler 20RESD, the generator used in the Live Load test, features the company’s patented PowerBoost technology that allows the stator winding to accommodate peak motor starting demand and prevent overloading conditions.

Kohler generators handle those spikes in power without dropping power to other devices operating in the house.

For more information, please contact your Steiner Power Systems application specialist or call (847) 956-3098 for more information.