LCEC announced that it will provide the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum with a $2,000 environmental funding award to help with their first-ever Lee County Day. Lee County Day will happen on Thursday, August 20 at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island. On Lee County Day, local children (18 years and younger) will receive free admission to the museum with parents admitted at half-price. This event will include a variety of family-friendly activities and programs including a WaterVentures Mobile Science Lab filled with water-related exhibits and hands-on water tanks.
To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. The deadline for 2015 award applications is September 1, 2015. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
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.
Depending on how many loads of laundry you do a week, you could easily be washing away money without even knowing it! The following are simple tips that can help you soak up energy savings while keeping up with the laundry:
–Wash full loads of laundry, but be careful not to overload your washing machine!
–Use cold or warm water to wash your clothes. Only use hot water when necessary since it uses more energy.
–Presoak heavily soiled items to avoid having to wash items twice.
–Go old school and use a clothesline when possible!
–Use the automatic dry cycle. Over drying wastes electricity and can diminish the quality of your clothes over time.
–Remove and clean the lint screen from your dryer after every load. Lint buildup hinders airflow in your dryer causing the machine to use more energy.
–Check the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer regularly. A clogged exhaust can extend the time it takes to dry your clothes while wasting electricity.
For more energy saving tips, visit www.lcec.net.
Did you know that there are 30 million lightning flashes each and every year in the United States? According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 287 people died in the United States between the years of 2006 to 2014 from lightning strikes. In 2014 alone, 26 people died from lightning with the majority of those deaths happening right here in Florida! Over 70 percent of those deaths occurred in the peak months of June, July and August. There have already been 16 lighting deaths in the United States this year! So what are the odds of being struck by lightning? According to the NWS, your odds are 1 in 3000!
To protect yourself and your loved ones from this frightening phenomenon, LCEC and the NWS service recommend the following precautions:
–If you’re outdoors, avoid water, high ground, open spaces and metal objects, including fences, machinery, motors, and power tools.
–Do not seek shelter under a picnic pavilion or isolated trees. You’ll be safer in an enclosed building or a car. Once you’ve found shelter, stay there for at least a half hour after you hear the last crack of thunder!
–If lightning is striking nearby and you are not indoors, crouch down, put your feet together and place your hands over your ears. Do not lie flat.
–Avoid things such as sinks, bath tub, corded phones and computers during storms. It is also good to stay away from windows, door and porches.
–Said best by the NWS, “when thunder roars, go indoors.”
To learn more about storm safety, visit the LCEC storm center at www.lcec.net.
We are in the midst of storm season in SWFL! LCEC reminds all residents that overgrown trees and branches extending too close to power lines pose a serious risk during a high-wind storm. By trimming trees back now, responsible residents are helping to prevent downed power lines and maintain a safe electric system. As a guideline, there should be an 8- to 10-foot clearance on either side between tree branches and power lines, and there should be a 10-foot clearance between the top of trees and the primary power line. Any branches within this range near power lines should be pruned or removed.
Some important tips to remember when trimming trees include:
–Do not remove or trim branches that are touching power lines. Touching a tree that is in contact with a power line can lead to serious injuries or death. If a tree touching a power line is burning or sparking, please contact LCEC customer service immediately at 800-599-2356 or 656-2300.
–When trimming or cutting trees, be sure they fall away from power lines.
–Trim dead or weak branches from the trees around the home even if they are far away from power lines; strong winds could make these branches deadly projectiles.
The power line from the house to the pole is the homeowner’s responsibility. Residents may need to hire a tree trimming company that is certified to work around power lines. LCEC utilizes professional trimmers, trained in safety practices to trim trees in utility easements or trees contacting power lines. They trim trees along power lines on a regular maintenance cycle, and will also respond to specific customer requests if trees in the area pose an immediate threat to safety or to the reliability of electric service. Visit the “My Home” tab at lcec.net to request a tree trimming.
By further assessing their own backyard, residents may take several simple precautions and help prevent unnecessary hurricane damage to homes and neighborhoods:
–Remove any added materials attached or leaned on electric poles in the yard. Not only could the materials themselves cause damage, but attaching or leaning any items not in the engineered plans for these poles could weaken their structural integrity. Plus, in an emergency, a lineman will need clear access in order to climb the pole and make repairs.
–Carefully inspect and repair pool or lanai screens.
–When a storm is eminent, bring in lawn furniture, garden tools, and satellite dishes or antennas. Anchor objects that cannot be taken inside.
As an added safety measure, residents may want to review their home insurance policy. Know what is covered and what isn’t, as well as what may require additional coverage. They should take photos and/or video footage of the property and store the information with other important papers.
For more information, call LCEC at 656-2300 or 1-800-599-2356 or visit www.lcec.net.
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