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19th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

19th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

A record-breaking 88 boats and 263 anglers participated in the 19th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament on April 18, 2015 in Pine Island, Florida. This tournament raised an impressive $51,000 for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee Counties. This amount includes much of the prize money which was donated back to the cause by the tournament winners. Congratulations to Grand Slam Winner, Team Island Inn, who weighed in at 18.2 pounds. Special thanks to the premiere sponsor of this year’s tournament: Irby. LCEC is extremely grateful for the continued support of sponsors, anglers and volunteers that give back to this community. For a complete list of winners, event photos and information on next year’s milestone tournament, visit www.uw.lcec.net/fish.html.

Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.

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Fuse Box Safety

In this day and age, homes come equipped with a circuit breaker. But if you live in an older home, you may still have a fuse box. Although you may think you understand all the ins-and-outs of your fuse box, keep the following safety tips from LCEC’s energy experts in mind:

–Never use a penny to replace a blown fuse. Fuses are designed to protect against short circuits and fires; but pennies aren’t. Keep a good supply of the specific fuses your home needs on hand in case you need them.

–Turn off all appliances on a circuit before you change the fuse. If you don’t take these steps, you could encounter a large arc.

–Never change a fuse in the dark. Use a flashlight to help you see what you’re doing.

–Never stand in the rain, a puddle, or on a wet surface when changing a fuse, and be sure your hands are dry.

–Use the right fuse for the right circuit, and be sure to always screw fuses in tightly.

For more tips on electrical safety, visit www.lcec.net.

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Dishwasher Dos and Don’ts

In addition to washing, rinsing and sanitizing, your dishwasher saves you time in the kitchen. When using your dishwasher, it’s important to remember that convenience comes with a cost. According to LCEC energy advisors, the average dishwasher costs $0.32 a load. This may sound inexpensive, but depending on your usage, it could add it up quickly! The following tips can help you use your dishwasher efficiently.

-Use the energy-saving cycles whenever possible.
-If your dishwasher has a booster heater, turn your water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees. Most dishwashers have built-in heaters to boost the water temp up to 140-145 degrees.
-Resist the temptation to pre-rinse dishes. Dishwashers today do a thorough job of cleaning. Just scrape off the excess food and let the dishwasher do the rest. Dishwashers use between 8 to 14 gallons of water per load so save water and electricity by not pre-rinsing.
-Wash only full loads and refrain from hand washing dishes throughout the day. It’s cheaper to put the dishes in the dishwasher and wash them all at once.
-Load the dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to fill the racks to maximize energy and water use, but make sure you leave enough room for the water to circulate.

As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to save money while doing the dishes! For more energy tips, visit www.lcec.net.

Electricity prevents mildew and mold

Not only can mildew and mold affect your health, they can cause major damage to your home. If your home is vacant for any extended period, LCEC energy advisors recommend the following steps to prevent costly damage we well as maximize energy efficiency.

-Be sure to keep a small amount of air conditioning on. If the air conditioner is completely shut off, mildew damage may occur due to humidity build-up in the home.
-Install a timer on your air conditioner to cycle the air for two hours per day. Or install a humidistat on your air conditioner. Set it to cycle your air conditioning whenever indoor humidity exceeds 65 percent.
-To minimize humidity in the air, you may want to shut off the water supply to toilets and flush them. Another step is to cover them with cling wrap. This will ensure no additional humidity is brought into the home.
-Leave all interior doors open to promote airflow and guard against mildew. Space out clothing, shoes and other stored materials for the same reason.

Other helpful tips:
-Save electricity by unplugging the water heater, since it won’t be used.
-A full refrigerator/freezer will use less power than an empty one. Use jugs of tap water to fill the unit. If you unplug the refrigerator, prop the door open and be sure it’s clean.
-Just to be safe, you may want to have a neighbor, friend or professional house sitter check your home periodically during your absence.

For more ways to save, visit www.lcec.net!

Spring for a solar pool heater

Keeping the temperature in your pool comfortable for swimming on chilly spring days and year round is easy, but can get costly if your pool heater is an energy guzzler. To save money on energy costs, LCEC energy advisors suggest installing a solar pool heater. With no additional operating costs after the system is purchased and installed, the “free” heat provided by the sun does the work of heating the pool for you. Within three years, the return on your investment kicks in, according to the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The key to a quick return of your money is to retain the heat in your pool by using a pool cover, especially at night when temperatures drop and heat is drastically lost.

ABOUT LCEC

Established in 1940, LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is committed to providing efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and excellent service to our customers. LCEC is also a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with nearly 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship.

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