Extension cords don’t just come in handy during the holiday season. Use of extension cords both inside and outside of homes is on the rise, and can be dangerous for those without knowledge of the risks that can be associated with misuse. For instance, if an appliance is drawing more current than the extension cord it is plugged into can carry, that cord could potentially overheat and start a fire. It is essential to find the right cord for the job at hand. The following tips can help extend your extension cord knowledge:
–Remember that cords come in many lengths and gauges based on the American Wire Gauge (AWG) System in which the larger the wire, the smaller the AWG number.
–Always look for an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) symbol which signifies that the cord has been put through stringent safety tests.
–Never use indoor extension cords outdoors due to the risk of electric shock or fire. Only use extension cords when they are marked as “Suitable for Use with Outdoor Appliances.”
–Never place an extension cord under heavy furniture or a rug; taped down; tacked into a wall; or while coiled or bent. Always choose the right length and wattage of the extension cord to your needs.
–Store your extension cords indoors when not in use. Outdoor elements can cause the cords to deteriorate over time.
–Unplug cords when not in use. Plugged-in cords conduct electricity even when not in use.
–Always check your extension cords for cuts or damage. All it takes for an electric shock or burn is an accidental touch to a single exposed strand.
–Don’t force extension cords into your outlets. Many extension cords have polarized plugs (meaning one blade is wider than the other). These plugs function to properly align circuit conductors which help prevent electric shock.
For more electric safety tips, visit www.lcec.net.
LCEC is reducing its electric rates for the third time in less than two years, resulting in residential electric rates that are among the lowest of all 56 utilities in Florida, and the overall lowest for electric cooperatives in Florida.
The LCEC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the decrease earlier this morning. Beginning in July, LCEC’s residential customers will see rates decrease by 2.1 percent, bringing the cost of a typical 1,000 kilowatt-hour residential bill to $108.45. This is 11.6 percent lower than the average electric rate of all Florida electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and investor-owned utilities.
“As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, LCEC is not motivated by profit but by service to its customers throughout the region,” said Chief Executive Officer Dennie Hamilton. “For 75 years, our employees have been committed to managing a highly effective and reliable electric system with the lowest possible rates.”
This is the second rate decrease this year for LCEC customers, who have not seen an increase in more than seven years. This most recent rate decrease is the result of power cost savings that are being passed along to customers.
“We’re able to offer low rates and strong reliability because of the efforts of our employees, many of whom are LCEC members themselves, and the management of our board of trustees,” said Hamilton. “We remain laser-focused on providing excellent service and competitive rates while continuing to maintain and upgrade the electric system.”
Customer support is also an important factor in managing costs. Customers are doing their part when utilizing green payment methods, paying on time and waiting to run appliances and equipment during off-peak periods (before noon and after 9 p.m. during the summer and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the winter).
Just as electricity is one of life’s most important necessities, so is water. As with all important things, it is essential to use it in moderation. You can save money, energy and the environment by becoming water wise. LCEC’s energy experts suggest the following tips for saving water:
Think twice before you flush
-Don’t flush your toilet to simply get rid of an insect or tissues.
Don’t turn your bathtub into a swimming pool
-You don’t need a full tub of water to get clean! Aim at filling the tub with only as much water as you need. A ¼ is usually all you need.
Cut down on your shower time
-Did you know that a five minutes shower can use upwards to 50 gallons of water?
Check for leaks in your toilets
-Leaks can be costly. To check for a toilet leak, drop a small amount of food coloring into the tank. Wait a few minutes and do not flush. If color appears in the toilet bowl, it may be time to invest in a new flapper for your tank.
Use your kitchen sink wisely
-Whether you are cleaning veggies or washing dishes, use the sink stopper. By washing things at once and all together, you are being water wise.
Refrigerate tap water for drinking water
-Rather than running the faucet until the water gets cold enough to drink, fill a container and refrigerate it.
Use a bucket when washing your car
-Never leave a running hose when washing your car. Consider using a bucket of water instead. It is estimated that over 600 gallons of water is used for a 20 minute car wash. For extra protection against hose leakage, install a spring shut off pistol grip nozzle onto your hose.
For more tips on how to save electricity and our environment, visit www.lcec.net.
News Release From The City Of Sanibel:
Lee County Electric Cooperative has informed the City of Sanibel that circuit crews will begin trimming vegetation on Sanibel and Captiva the week of June 22nd, 2015. The trimming will begin near East Gulf Drive and Bella Vista and proceed down Sanibel-Captiva Road. LCEC will continue Southbound on San-Cap Road to Rabbit Road and West Gulf Drive.
As part of this vegetation trimming process, LCEC crews will make efforts to contact the home/business owners prior to trimming. Door hangers will be left when person to person contact is not possible.
Vegetation management is part of the ongoing LCEC electric system maintenance and reliability improvement plan and is critical to reducing outages and ensuring safety. Crews are expected to be trimming vegetation on the Island for approximately three months, weather permitting.
Sanibel residents with questions regarding the scheduled vegetation trimming should call LCEC directly at (239) 656-2300.
LCEC is proud to announce that Key Account Executive Tricia Dorn has been elected to serve on the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) Board for a three year term. Dorn graduated from the Leadership Collier class in 2011 and has served as the chairperson of their events and outings committee since her graduation. The LCF named Dorn as their 2013/2014 Volunteer of the Year. In addition to her volunteer work with the LCF, Dorn is a community mentor and has been an integral part of the LCEC team since 1988.
About Leadership Collier Foundation
The mission of the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), a 501(c) 3 corporation, is to build a broad-based network of community leaders who enhance their leadership abilities and skills through continuing education, shared perspectives and community involvement in order to enable them to work toward solutions in the public interest. The Foundation accomplishes this through the program it governs: Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™), Youth Leadership Collier™, Campaign for Leadership™ and the Leadership Institute™.
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.
For the third year in a row, LCEC was honored through the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite program. In those three years, LCEC has progressed from gold to platinum-level. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at LCEC. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said LCEC CEO and 2015 Lee County Heart Walk Chair Dennie Hamilton. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”
As a platinum-level Fit-Friendly Worksite, LCEC:
–Offers employees physical activity options in the workplace.
–Offers healthy eating options at the worksite.
–Promotes a wellness culture in the workplace.
–Demonstrates measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.
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.
ABOUT FIT-FRIENDLY WORKSITE RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition Program is designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business. The program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace. The program is also meant to encourage other worksites to participate and demonstrate similar physical activity practices for their employees.
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