August 25, 2020 – September 1 is the deadline to apply for LCEC’s 2020 Environmental Funding Awards. To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can visit www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education/environment to download the 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. The March 2020 LCEC Environmental Funding Award recipients included the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), Monofilament Busters, I Will Mentorship Foundation, Sanibel Sea School, and the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). More than $110,000 has been awarded since the program’s inception in 2013. LCEC’s Environmental Funding Award Program is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
August 18, 2020 – It’s common for LCEC employees to give of their time, talent and heart to energize the community! In an effort to support their passion for philanthropy, LCEC designed the Pay It Forward Program in 2016 to encourage volunteerism and support employees’ efforts to give to their favorite qualifying non-profit organization. In essence, employees who volunteer and track volunteer hours can earn Pay It Forward donation dollars to be awarded to a 501 (c)(3) charity of choice. LCEC employees who volunteer between 50-100 hours in the community can designate a not-for-profit organization to receive up to a $100 donation. Each year since the program’s inception, several remarkable LCEC employees have surpassed the annual 500+ hour mark of community service. Through a “500 Club” zoom celebration this month, LCEC recognized five employees who have donated 500+ hours over the past year. Gary Avin, Nancy Miller, Dana Nicloy, Nicky Sierra, and Aaron Warner donated their time to:
• United Way of Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties
• Parker’s Rainbow Bridge Animal Rescue
• McGregor Clinic
• Odyssey of the Mind
• Calendar Girls
• Guns N’ Hoses
• Healthy Kidz of Tomorrow
• Valerie’s House
• Alliance for the Arts
• Lee Health Foundation
During the annual LCEC 500 Club celebrations, a drawing is held and LCEC donates $500 to the 500 Club winner’s favorite charity. This year’s winner asked that the $500 be divided evenly between all five Club members! LCEC could not be prouder of the amazing employees who continue to energize this community through their passion for giving back!!
August 12, 2020 – LCEC is pleased to announce that CEO Denise Vidal has joined the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools provides vital resources and programs to students and educators throughout the School District of Lee County. Foundation Board Members are assigned to committees and act as liaisons to the business community and community at large through engagement and awareness. For more information, visit leeschoolfoundation.org.
August 11, 2020 – There has been a lot of storm activity since storm season began on June 1. But just because we haven’t had any big storms come our way doesn’t mean we won’t. In addition to having your emergency plan and kit ready, below are some tips for staying safe should a storm come our way:
• Stay clear of downed power lines. They may still be energized and dangerous. Puddles of water contacting downed lines are just as dangerous.
• Don’t trim trees or remove debris located near downed power lines. If you must remove debris from your home, don’t pile it under or near electrical lines or equipment.
• Residents on life support need to have an alternate plan in place to ensure the continuity of any life-support needs. This may include making special arrangements to spend time with a friend or relative during an outage or using a back-up generator.
• If operating a portable generator, keep it outside and in an open area. Carbon monoxide emissions can be harmful. Follow all instructions regarding safe operation. Do not connect the generator directly to your main electrical panel. If installed incorrectly, power could flow into outside lines and injure you, your neighbors or utility crews working in the area.
• Avoid detaining LCEC employees while they are working to restore power. This can be distracting and cause an accident.
For more storm-related tips, information on how power is restored after a storm and much more helpful advice, download LCEC’s Hurricane Guide from lcec.net.
August 4, 2020 – Just because it’s hot, hot, hot outside doesn’t mean your electric bill has to make you feel any hotter! In fact, simple efforts can leave you feeling like a cool energy saver. LCEC reminds customers to do the following to keep electric costs as low as possible during the sweltering SWFL summer:
• When cooling your home, set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Each degree below adds 8 to 12
• While away from home for more than two hours, set the thermostat at 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise and lower the temperature at certain times of the day.
• Be sure your thermostat fan switch is set on the “auto” setting. This is more economical for temperature and humidity control.
• Do not close A/C vents or interior doors when A/C is running.
• Service your air conditioning system annually.
• Change or clean filters monthly.
• Keep windows and exterior doors closed when running your air conditioner. Also, use caulk and weather strip around windows and doors.
• Replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 75% less energy, or LED lamps (light emitting diode), which use 85% less energy with a life expectancy of 30,000 to 50,000 hours of run time.
• Turn off fans when the room is not occupied. Each continuously running fan costs approximately $7 per month on your electric bill.
• Install reflective window tint/film that will reflect 65 percent or better on windows facing east, west or south. LCEC also recommends installing awnings, storm shutters and planting shade trees.
Here’s to using these cool tips during this hot summer to keep electric costs low and your spirits high as we weather all that 2020 continues to bring our way!
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