March 23, 2021 – LCEC announced that it will provide Environmental Funding Awards to Audubon Western Everglades, Future Forestry Corporation, and Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary. Since the program’s inception in 2013, LCEC has awarded nearly $160,000 to local organizations for a variety of initiatives focused on protecting our precious environment.
LCEC accepts applications for Environmental Funding Awards twice a year in March and September. To apply for an Award, organizations should visit https://www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education/environment to download 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. Questions related to the LCEC Environmental Funding Award program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
March 9, 2021 – As we continue to work remotely, stay close to home, and wear face coverings galore while out, the laundry seems to be piling up more than ever! The following are tips that can help you soak up energy savings while keeping up with your increased laundry load:
• Wash full loads of laundry, but be careful not to overload your washing machine!
• Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible. If you must, use warm water but try to avoid using hot water unless completely necessary.
• Presoak heavily soiled items to avoid having to wash items twice, or invest in the quality laundry detergent to eliminate the need to presoak.
• Use a clothesline when possible. Air is FREE!
• Use the automatic dry cycle. Over drying wastes electricity and can diminish the quality of your clothes over time.
• Remove and clean the lint screen from your dryer after every load. Lint buildup hinders airflow in your dryer causing the machine to use more energy.
• Check the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer regularly. A clogged exhaust can extend the time it takes to dry your clothes while wasting electricity.
For more energy saving tips, visit www.lcec.net.
March 2, 2021 – As boaters hit the beautiful waterways of Southwest Florida, it is imperative to keep the following safety measures in mind. Boats coming into contact with power lines not only poses a risk of power interruptions, it could mean serious injuries and even death.
–Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
–If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water!! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
–If your boat’s wiring is not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
–Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.
LCEC thanks all boaters for respecting the importance of boating safely around power lines. Please remember to limit the number of passengers while boating and maintain a safe social-distance to protect yourself and others! For more safety tips, visit www.lcec.net.
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