The deadline to apply for the No Barriers Program for Veterans with Disabilities is February 28, 2017. LCEC is honored to be partnering with CoBank and the No Barriers Program to honor veterans by supporting a series of No Barriers Warriors expeditions. LCEC is seeking the assistance of our community to seek out eligible nominees for the No Barriers Warriors expedition. 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!
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. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on February 28, 2017! LCEC thanks in advance all those who help with this exciting initiative!
On April 15, 2017, LCEC will host the 21th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament. This tournament has raised nearly $400,000 for the United Way since it began in 1996! Anglers come from throughout the state to participate in this popular tournament which features great fishing, delicious food and a HUGE raffle with hundreds of prizes awarded including an LCEC retired 2009 Ford Ranger truck! This year, the tournament will also include a silent raffle with great catches from jewelry to theater tickets to stays on Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island!
The LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament is being held at some of Southwest Florida’s best fishing locations; Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters. The cost per person is $65 before April 12 and $75 thereafter. There is a student rate of $50 before April 12 and $55 thereafter. College students must have current college identification to qualify for this rate. A mandatory captain’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 14 at D & D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. All participants will receive a commemorative long-sleeve shirt and a delicious home-cooked BBQ meal! Meals for guests and non-fisherman can be purchased for $5 during weigh-in.
LCEC is extremely grateful to employees, return fishermen, vendors and local businesses for their continued support over the years. For details on prizes, donations or entry into the tournament, visit https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/Fish.aspx, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Dana Nicloy at 239-656-2122. Don’t miss this chance to reel in fish, fun and funds for the United Way!
You don’t have to be an energy expert to conserve electricity. In fact, saving energy is easy with the following tips:
• Plant a tree. Not only is this good for the environment, it can help shade your home and keep it cool! Just be sure to plant the right tree in the right place. Visit lcec.net for everything you need to know about tree planting and power lines.
• Keep the refrigerator shut. Be smart when getting things in and out of the fridge since you lose one-third of cold air each time that door opens.
• Use cold water for your clothes. Washing your clothes in hot water can be pricey depending on how many loads you do in a week and what time of day you do them. Consider washing your duds in cold water to cut down on energy usage.
• Shut if off. Always turn off lights, ceiling fans, televisions or anything that uses electricity when you are not using it.
• Change out incandescent for compact fluorescent. When your old light bulbs burn out, take the opportunity to use a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL). These light bulbs use 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb!
These are just a few of the many simple ways you can conserve electricity. For more easy-to-implement tips, visit the Energy Efficiency tab on lcec.net.
Scammers are relentless. They prey, they push, and they can steal just about anything from unsuspecting victims. Utility scams are especially prevalent these days which makes it even more important to know how to protect yourself.
What to look for:
• Someone pretending to be an LCEC representative to get into your home
• Anyone soliciting your personal information or trying to sell products and services over the telephone or through the mail on behalf of LCEC
• Requests for personal information by email or websites appearing to be sent from LCEC
• Someone requesting immediate cash or “gift card” payment in person
How to protect yourself:
LCEC employees and contractors are frequently in your neighborhood to perform routine maintenance, energy services, and conduct tree trimming. All LCEC employees and contractors carry a photo identification badge and can provide work documents with corporate contact information. Ask to see proof and, if in doubt, call LCEC at 239-656-2300 to verify.
Remember that LCEC WILL NOT:
• Come into your home without making arrangements ahead of time
• Solicit personal information over the phone, unless you initiated the call
• Threaten to close your account if you do not take the immediate action of providing personal information
• Visit your home offering cash refunds on deposits or electric charges. We either credit your account or mail a check to your electric service address
When in doubt, check it out and use caution:
• If someone suspicious is on your property claiming to be an LCEC representative, ask to see photo identification badge or work request number
• Contact LCEC to inquire if representatives are in your area or to ask about your account
• Do not allow anyone into your home if you feel uneasy about if they are actually from LCEC
• Do not provide personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords, social security number or credit/debit card numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call
• Ignore suspicious emails that urge immediate action or request personal information
• Do not trust contact information provided in suspicious emails
Check out the Safety tab on www.lcec.net for more information on common scams and how to report scams. Remember, you have the power to stop scammers! Stay safe!
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