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Don’t be spacey when it comes to space heater safety

Don’t be spacey when it comes to space heater safety

Space heaters are a cost-effective way to keep warm when the temperatures drop here in southwest Florida. As useful as space heaters are, they are equally dangerous if used improperly. In fact, using a space heater improperly could result in a fire, or worst yet, death! Below are some safety tips to get all of the perks of a space heater while staying safe in the process:

• Only use space heaters with labels showing that they have been approved by a recognized testing laboratory.
• Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn (such as paper). Keep space heaters as far away as possible from kids, pets, and high-traffic areas.
• Only use space heaters for their intended purpose. Never use a space hater for things such as warming bedding or drying clothes.
• Always turn off, unplug and store space heaters when not in use.
• Plug space heaters directly into wall receptacles. Avoid using extension cords.
• Read manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels before using a space heater.
• Do not use a space heater if the cords are frayed, worn or damaged in any way. Inspect cords before each and every use.

When used properly, space heaters can provide just enough warmth to keep you from turning on the heat. Remember, heat costs anywhere from two to three times more than cooling! Using an alternative, like a space heater or electric blanket, will keep you warm without heating up your electric bill!

LCEC Partners with CoBank and No Barriers Program for Veterans with Disabilities

LCEC is honored to be partnering with CoBank and the No Barriers Program for veterans with disabilities. Through this partnership, we are honoring veterans by supporting a series of No Barriers Warriors expeditions. LCEC is looking for eligible veterans with a disability to be considered for participation. CoBank is funding all costs to the first 50 selected nominees who meet the program requirements and one of them will come from the LCEC service territory!

No Barriers was co-founded by Erik Weihenmayer, an internationally renowned mountain climber and the only blind person in history to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. “Through the Warriors program, No Barriers has been working with veterans with disabilities for years,” said Weihenmayer. “We’ve seen the transformation that takes place when veterans are able to overcome the mental and physical challenges involved in one of our expeditions, and then apply the skills they’ve learned to the challenges faced in their day-to-day lives.”

LCEC is seeking the assistance of our community to seek out eligible nominees for the No Barriers Warriors expedition. An informational flier and a nomination form can be found at https://www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education or call 239-656-2202. LCEC thanks in advance all those who help with this exciting initiative!

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About CoBank
CoBank is a $120 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 75,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

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 375 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship.

411 on Insulation

We have had a chilly start of the year in southwest Florida! If blankets and space heaters aren’t cutting it, you may have cranked on the heat to keep your home comfortable. If your home feels especially cold, it could be your insulation. No insulation, regardless of its R-value, can totally stop conducted heat flow. All structures have voids, gaps or weak spots such as doors and windows. Properly installed insulation slows conducted heat flow to allow heating and air conditioning systems to maintain comfortable indoor conditions at reasonable costs. See below for five basic types of insulation.

Rigid Board Insulation
• Typically foam boards made from Polystyrene and urethane.
• Offers highest R-Value per inch thickness, but more expensive than others types.
• Best for applications where restricted space and moisture concerns make other insulation types useless.

Blankets or Batts
• Made from glass fiber or rock wool.
• Available in various thicknesses and widths.
• Easily installed during construction, but difficult to retrofit to finished structures.

Loose-Fill Insulation
• May be glass fibers, rock wool or cellulose fiber.
• Least expensive type of insulation.
• Typically least expensive type of insulation.

Sprayed-Foam Attic Insulation:
• Sprayed on roof decking on inside part of attic.
• Seals home from leaks.
• Helps in reduction of HVAC size.

Radiant Barrier:
• Layer of aluminum foil placed in air space to block radiant heat.
• Growing in popularity for homeowners in warm-weather states.
• Depending on lifestyle, could save between 8-12 percent on annual cooling costs in the southeast.

For a concise breakdown of the five basic types of insulation and general information about this important topic, visit the Insulation page of www.lcec.net. Here’s to warm weather making its way to southwest Florida soon!

Easy ways to pay your LCEC bill

Paying your LCEC bill is a snap with any of the following payment options:

Auto Pay:
This convenient, time-saving option automatically deducts your payment from your bank account the business day before the due date of the bill. Sign up for Auto Pay by filling out the LCEC Auto Pay Authorization form and submitting to LCEC, or register through Account Access on www.lcec.net.

Pay by Phone:
Pay your bill over the phone by calling 239-656-2300 or 800-599-2356. Checking/savings account payments are FREE, or pay with a credit card for a third-party service fee of $4.

Pay Online:
Pay online with PowerPay when you log in to Account Access. Checking/savings account payments are FREE, or pay with a credit card for a third-party service fee of $4.

Walk-in Stations:
Convenient authorized walk-in payment stations are located throughout LCEC service territory. A list of Authorized Walk-in Payment Stations is available on www.lcec.net. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, and traveler’s check, and a third-party service fee of $1.50 applies.

U.S. Mail:
Send your payment in the envelope enclosed with your bill to PO Box 31477, Tampa, FL 33631.

Please visit the Payment Options section of www.lcec.net for more details on these easy payment options or call us anytime at 239-656-2300.

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