LCEC is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a Certified Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by the industry leader in contact center benchmarking, certification, training, assessments, industry reports and custom consulting, BenchmarkPortal (BMP). The Center of Excellence recognition is one of the most prestigious awards in the customer service and support industry. Contact centers achieve the Center of Excellence distinction based on best-practice metrics drawn from the world’s largest database of objective and quantitative data that is audited and validated by researchers from BMP. LCEC is honored to be recognized as a Center of Excellence alongside companies like MetLife, Mayo Clinic, New York Life, Samsung and GE.
Curious kids and electricity do not mix. It is vital for parents to educate kids on the importance of being safe around electricity. LCEC reminds parents and kids to:
• Never put fingers or other objects in an outlet
• Never use cords or plugs around water
• Stay clear of substations
• Never fly a kite near power lines
• Never touch transformer boxes
• Never climb a power pole
• Never jerk an electrical cord from the wall
• Always ask a grown up for help with things that could be an electrical hazard
• Always look for power lines before climbing trees
• Always keep electrical cords in a tidy manner to avoid trips or pets chewing on cords
These are just a few of the many important tips that kids should know and follow to stay safe around electricity.
March 15 is the next application deadline for LCEC’s 2018 Environmental Funding Awards. To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. 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. Funding is awarded twice a year with deadlines happening in March and September. Some of the past recipients of LCEC’s Environmental Funding Award include The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (CNCP), Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW), Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), and the Friends of Fakahatchee. This funding award was created in 2013 and is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
LCEC offers customers three FREE easy-to-use tools to help you understand and manage your energy usage. These useful energy tools can also help you conserve energy and reduce your electric bill.
With LCEC’s kiloWATCH, customers can track household energy usage and approximate cost. You can even set up usage alerts, set your threshold, and receive notifications via email and/or text message if you exceed that amount. Registering is easy through your “Account Access” on lcec.net. There is also an instructional PDF with tips on registering and how best to use this tool.
Clicking through this virtual home provides customers with proven ways to save energy dollars on an ongoing basis. Even better is that many of the energy-saving suggestions are low-to-no-cost.
Available Calc-U-Savers include an energy advisor, appliance, lighting, pool/spa, and television. Use these Savers to analyze your electric usage while learning energy tips.
For more energy efficiency tips and tools, log onto lcec.net.
It is cold everywhere this week…including SWFL! If at all possible, resist the urge to turn on the heat. Heating your home can cost two to three times more than cooling it. Even a few days of running the heat will raise your electric bill since it is the most intense use of electric energy in the average home and is the most expensive electric appliance. Consider using an electric blanket or space heater to keep you and your loved ones warm during this cold snap, but be sure to read all the manufacturer instructions before use. Here are some other ways to stay warm without using any electricity:
• Bundle up in layers. Blankets, sweatshirts, socks…you name it. All will keep you toasty without heating up your electric bill.
• Move around. Exercise in any form will warm up your body while getting your blood flowing.
• Fire up your fireplace…if you are lucky enough to have one. Just be sure to use it safely.
If you must heat your home, LCEC recommends setting the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Stay warm, SWFL!
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