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New Year’s Resolution #1: Save Energy

New Year’s Resolution #1: Save Energy

Many people view the New Year as a new opportunity to set and achieve goals. This year, set aside your typical resolutions and focus on saving energy with these tips:

Invest in a programmable thermostat:
Not only does a programmable thermostat save you upwards of 10 percent on your cooling and heating costs in a year, it gives you one less thing to think about when you get home after a long day. Simply set it according to your schedule and avoid having to adjust the temperature when you leave or hit the sack at night.

Look for the ENERGY STAR®:
Your appliances and electronics account for nearly 20 percent of your electric bill. When it is time to replace a product, look for ENERGY STAR® certified items. In its lifetime, an ENERGY STAR® appliance could save you nearly $750 in energy costs.

Use energy-saving light bulbs:
If you were to replace just five of the most used light bulbs in your home with ENERGY STAR® bulbs, you could save up to $75 per year on your electric bill.

Cut down on water heating:
Water heating is a huge chunk of your electric bill. Consider setting your water heater no higher than 120 degrees and installing low-flow showerheads to cut down on water heating costs.

Maintain your air conditioner:
Having a certified technician service your air conditioner annually will keep it working efficiently. Replacing air filters once a month is vital in ensuring that your air conditioner works properly.

Happy New Year from LCEC, and best of luck with whatever resolutions make your list! If energy savings makes the cut, visit for more tips and tools to help you save.

Don’t let your electric usage during the holidays make you a Grinch

While most everyone has their house adorned with holiday lights, some people wait until just before Christmas Eve to decorate. If you have waited to decorate because you want to avoid a Grinch-inducing electric bill, here are some things to help you ho ho ho-ld down energy costs during the holidays:

Think LED:
ENERGY STAR® LED lights provide a brighter and safer way to light your home during the holidays and use nearly 70 percent less electricity than traditional bulbs. LED lights also last ten times longer and do not have filament or glass like the old-fashioned holiday lights (which means less opportunity for them to break).

Think usage:
Consider buying a timer which will automatically turn off lights for you. While it’s nice to have lights aglow as people drive or walk by your home, it is highly unlikely that many people enjoy them at 2 a.m.! Keeping your lights on for eight hours verses all night can mean the difference between a merry and scary electric bill.

Think reflective:
Think of all the cool holiday things that reflect light including ornaments, tinsel, ribbons, and garland. Consider using reflective things on the outside of your home which will shine just as bright at night and may even mirror the lights in your neighborhood. Granted it won’t make your house look like Clark Griswolds, but it will make your home merry and bright while keeping costs low.

Happy Holidays from LCEC!!! May your season be bright and may your New Year be electric! Log onto for more energy saving tips!

LCEC Killa-Watts to Perform at LARC Holiday Party for Seventh Consecutive Year

LCEC’s homegrown band, the Killa-Watts, will perform for the wonderful people of LARC at their annual holiday party on December 15. This will mark the seventh consecutive year that the Killa-Watts have provided the entertainment for the members and staff of LARC. The Killa-Watts perform year-round throughout the community at various charitable events, but their annual performance for the people of LARC is by far their favorite “gig.” “We love our LARC family! They sing, dance and truly embody the holiday spirit! Performing for them is by far the most rewarding and fun time of year for us and validates why we were formed the Killa-Watts,” LCEC Director of Customer Care Operations and Killa-Watts member Joe Padgett said. This performance is just one way LCEC is making the seasons bright! Employees volunteered their time to decorate the Edison & Ford Estates, wrote out over 1,100 cards to be sent to our troops overseas and will be packaging food for the less fortunate on December 24. These are just a few of the ways that LCEC is helping to light up the season!

Since 1954, LARC, Inc. has dedicated itself to meeting with quality and foresight the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Lee County and northern Collier County. LARC, Inc. offers vocational training, community residential services, and a vast diversity of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full time, year round basis for local people with developmental disabilities. LARC, Inc. currently provides programs and services for approximately 300 local men and women annually. Many of these individuals participate in several of LARC’s various community programs.

LCEC Celebrates 20 Years of Sponsoring Marco Island Annual House and Business Decorating Contest

LCEC is proud to celebrate its 20th year of being the premiere sponsor of the Marco Island Annual House and Business Decorating Contest. “When the event chairman, Dave Rice, contacted LCEC 20 years ago about starting this event, we knew we wanted to be involved. We are extremely honored to have been sponsoring this event since its inception,” LCEC Key Account Executive Tricia Dorn said. “This event epitomizes the spirit of Christmas and brings much joy to the residents of Marco Island and all those who attend the events that surround the House and Business Decorating Contest,” Dorn said.

LCEC CEO Dennie Hamilton and Key Account Executive Tricia Dorn will be in attendance this year to take part in the festivities and to help in the presentation of a $250 check and yard sign to the winner of the house decorating contest. Winner of the house decoration contest will be announced Saturday, December 17 and the winner of the business decoration contest will be announced Sunday, December 18.

“LCEC’s generous support since the contest begun 20 years ago has insured its continuation. The event committee utilizes the funds as good financial stewards in celebration of the Christmas Holiday Season for the betterment of the citizens of Marco Island,” Committee Chairperson Dave Rice said. LCEC is extremely proud to sponsor this event which lights up the holidays for residents and visitors alike, and looks forward to year 21!

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