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LCEC Participates in Goodwill’s Festival of Trees for 14th Consecutive Year

LCEC Participates in Goodwill’s Festival of Trees for 14th Consecutive Year

November 24, 2020 – LCEC is thrilled to celebrate its 14th consecutive year of participation in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida’s Festival of Trees. Since the inception of this event in 2006, LCEC has cleverly crafted 14 fun and festive trees. Although the favorite tree to date was one adorned with more than 150 hand-painted light bulbs by LCEC employees, this year’s “Home for the Holidays” tree will surely be a hit and help to bring in much-needed funds for our local Goodwill. The LCEC “Home for the Holidays” tree includes nearly $1,000 in gift cards and a 65” 4k Smart TV to help keep you close to home and as cheery as possible this holiday season. And ours is just one of many amazing trees up for grabs!

LCEC has been a long-time supporter of Goodwill and their efforts toward helping those with disabilities find and keep meaningful employment. This year’s Festival of Trees runs from December 3-6 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at 2301 First Street in the River District. Festival admission is $2 for visitors age 12 and up. For more information, visit www.goodwilltrees.com or call 239-333-1933.

Gobble up electric savings this Thanksgiving

November 19, 2020 – Even though COVID-19 will keep us from cooking for family, friends and neighbors, it is likely that you will still be whipping up a delicious feast this Thanksgiving. Despite the smaller crowd of hungry bellies, it is still important to consider your electric usage while you dish out your famous foods. LCEC reminds customer to:

Be smart with your oven use. Cook multiple things at once and resist the urge to peek into the oven. If you can cook some appetizers, dinner and dessert items at once, you can cut down on your electric usage while giving your oven a much-deserved rest. Remember that every time you open your oven, the temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees in addition to raising the temperature in your kitchen.

Put your microwave to work. Microwaves use half as much electricity as conventional ovens, and cook items in a shorter time. Consider using your microwave to cook smaller items like side dishes, and leave the big dishes for the oven.

Make sure you match up pots and pans to your burners. Using a small pot on a big burner wastes electricity.

Consider using a cooler rather than opening your fridge over and over to get out cold items like drinks. Be sure to give hot food time to cool down before storing them.\

Save time, water and electricity by using your dishwasher to clean your Thanksgiving mess. If possible, scrape food from dishes to prevent the need to pre-rinse. Be sure to fill it completely to get the most bang for your buck!

Happy Thanksgiving from the LCEC family to yours!

Don’t fall victim to a scammer

November 10, 2020 – As the entire world continues to struggle through an unprecedented time, scammers are even more determined to strike those who least expect it. It is more important than ever to stop these scammers from stealing when every penny counts. Scammers aim to mislead anyone who isn’t ready to call their bluff. The best way to protect yourself, your information, and your hand-earned money is to know what to look for and go with your gut. When it comes to utility scammers, LCEC reminds customers to:

Know 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

Know how to protect yourself:
LCEC employees and contractors are frequently in neighbors 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. When in doubt, ask to see proof and call LCEC to verify.

Know 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. LCEC eithers credit your account or mails a check to your electric service address if a refund is due.

Trust your instinct:
• 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 at 239-656-2300 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

LCEC and local law enforcement are here to help protect you. For more information on protecting yourself from scammers, types of scams, and how to report fraud or scams, visit the Safety tab on lcec.net.

LCEC names Director of Public Relations and Director of Human Resources

November 3, 2020 – LCEC recently named Karen Ryan as Director of Public Relations and Sandy Thompson as Director of Human Resources.

Ryan has served as the Public Relations Manager for more than 24 years, working with three of the only five CEOs that LCEC has had in 80 years! Much of her responsibilities as Director of Public Relations focus on corporate communications, public relations programs and strategies, media relations, social media, emergency restoration and disaster response communications, Trustee Election, and community involvement. She is accredited in Public Relations and a Certified Public Relations Counselor.

Thompson has served as Human Resources Manager for over a year and half, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the area of human resources. This director position provides strategic and operational leadership to ensure that LCEC continually acquires, engages, and develops talent that support our current and future business performance requirements and operating culture. Responsibilities include leading all core HR practice areas including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, human resource information systems, labor relations, AA/EEO compliance, benefits, payroll, and health and wellness.

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