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LCEC provides SCCF with Environmental Funding Award

LCEC provides SCCF with Environmental Funding Award

September 30, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) with a $2,040 environmental funding award to support Mind Your Line. Mind Your Line is a collaborative effort among conservation organizations to reduce the amount of monofilament line and fishing gear left in our environment. Specifically, LCEC funding will help with effort to construct more collection bins to keep excess monofilament out of the environment. A net gun will also be purchased with the funding which will help safely capture injured wildlife from monofilament and fishing tackle.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. 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.

LCEC provides CROW with Environmental Funding Award

September 25, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) with a $2,600 environmental funding award to support the 2020 Conservation Speaker Series. Speakers will educate participants with information on how to protect and benefit the world around them to create positive change. Sessions will be held weekly, January through April 2020, at CROW.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. 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.

LCEC provides ArtFest Fort Myers with Environmental Funding Award

September 24, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide ArtFest Fort Myers with a $3,500 environmental funding award to support ‘We Are Overflowing’. ArtFest Fort Myers introduced ‘We Are Flowing’ in 2019 to spread awareness of upcycling. The program exhibits art that is crafted from repurposed and discarded materials. The event will be held the first weekend of February 2020 in downtown Fort Myers and more information can be found on the ArtFest Fort Myers website.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. 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.

LCEC provides Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum with Environmental Funding Award

September 24, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum with a $4,170 environmental funding award to help install the museum’s new “Impact Wall”. The Impact Wall will be located in the newly renovated aquarium featuring quotes, images, and factual information about the ocean’s environment, and highlight the importance of protecting the ocean and its animals.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. 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.

LCEC’s 8th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk for United Way

September 17, 2019 – LCEC will be holding its 8th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K to benefit the United Way on October 26, 2019. The 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida. Registration/check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K. Advance registration is $25 for ages 18 and over ($30 day of), $20 for ages 13-17 ($30 day of), and $15 for the Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. Last year’s event raised over $1,000 for United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties with more than 100 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters attending. For race and sponsorship information, visit https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/5k.aspx, email 5K@lcec.net or call 239-656-2380.

At LCEC, giving back to our community is a core value. LCEC holds an annual United Way Campaign which includes corporate donations, employee donation pledges, and monies collected through various LCEC fundraising events. All proceeds are donated to United Way who support a local service network of 96 agencies and over 260 programs that create positive change.

Power down or sleep mode…what to know!

September 9, 2019 – There are many simple and free ways to save on your electric bill. One simple trick is to power down your computer when you are not using it. If shutting down your pc is not an option for you, LCEC energy experts recommend that you put your computer in sleep mode whenever possible. Here is the cost difference for keeping your desktop computer with an LCD screen on 24/7 for all 365 days in a year:
• Fully powered: approximately $89
• Sleep mode: approximately $20

Below are some additional ways to save when it comes to your home computers:
• Power off monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes.
• Power off your computer and monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than two hours.
• Ditch your desktop for a laptop which uses substantially less electricity.
• Look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing electronics.

For more ways to cut your energy costs, visit the Energy Efficiency tab on lcec.net.

Generator safety tips from LCEC

September 3, 2019 – Although Dorian may not impact our area with category 5 strength winds, there may be some isolated outages. Crews are ready to respond and we don’t expect extended outages requiring backup power supply. Just in case, when operating a generator, safety is of the utmost importance. Please consider the following tips to keep you, your family, and utility workers safe while using a generator:

• Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring at the breaker panel or meter or a regular household outlet. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.
• The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.
• Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated power cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.
• Don’t overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.
• Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Just like your automobile, a portable generator uses an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide. Be sure to place the generator where exhaust fumes will not enter the house, in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain, preferably under a canopy, open shed or carport.
• Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running. Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is in the garage. The vapor from gasoline can travel invisibly along the ground and be ignited by pilot lights or electric arcs caused by turning on the lights. Avoid spilling fuel on hot components. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.
• Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator.

One surefire way to protect yourself, your home and our hard-working utility workers is to invest in GenerLink™. Offered by LCEC, GenerLink™ eliminates the use of extension cords and other hazardous connections by providing a safe connection from the electric meter directly to the generator. It also detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous backfeed.
Additional benefits of GenerLink™ include:
• Easiest and safest generator connection.
• Allows customers to run virtually any appliances up to the capacity of their generator.
• Easily installed behind the electric meter by a certified LCEC technician.
• Connection at the meter keeps your portable generator outside where it is safe.
• Seven year manufacturer’s warranty.

Generators can make a huge difference following a major storm, but injury or fatality can result from improper use. Visit lcec.net or call 239-656-2300 for more information about GenerLink™ and even more tips about using generators safely.

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