April 27, 2021 – Reviewing the LCEC Hurricane Guide is the perfect way to prepare for the start of storm season on June 1. Preparing early is key to riding out any storm that Mother Nature may bring our way. The LCEC Hurricane Guide includes detailed information about:
• Storm restoration process
• Preparing your home and business
• Life support
• Evacuation protocol
• Disaster supply kit
• Portable generator safety
• Debris and vegetation
• Important phone number and links
LCEC is ready for storm season! Are you? Visit lcec.net to download a copy of the LCEC Hurricane Guide to get yourself and your family prepared!
April 21, 2021 – The Future Forestry organization is teaming up with the “Dirt Don’t Hurt” 4H Club this Saturday, April 24th from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. to plant 300 Slash Pines at the NE corner of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Surfside Blvd. The 4H Club will be there with 30 kids and adult chaperones. All volunteers are invited to join the project! An hour our two will make the Earth a better place for years to come! You can’t ask for a better Earth Day celebration than that!
Volunteers should bring hats and sun protection, gloves, and a shovel with their name on it (if they have one). What’s in it for volunteers? It is guaranteed they leave knowing they helped beautify the area, and did their part to help kids work for a sustainable future. The group will be digging holes, planting trees, mulching, and watering trees. There is something for all skill levels!! This is a collaboration of www.FutureForestry.org, and www.facebook.com/dirtdonthurt4h/, and an environmental award from www.lcec.net. The media is invited to join the celebration and education!
April 20, 2021 – LCEC announced that it will partner with the Garden Club of Cape Coral to sponsor a landscaping project for a Habitat for Humanity’s Cape Coral Women Build home. The Garden Club will work with Lee County Master Gardener Volunteers to create a Florida Friendly landscaping in the hopes of being an example to others in the community. This project will be documented, and a video will be created and by the Lee County Master Gardener Volunteers to educate residents on the Nine Principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping.
“Our decision to sponsor this initiative has to do with the importance of the first principle in the Florida Friendly Landscaping program, Right Plant, Right Place,” said Public Relations Director Karen Ryan. “We are passionate about helping residents in our community understand it can be life-saving to plant vegetation planted safely away from power lines and care for trees properly.”
LCEC reminds all residents that:
• Touching or contacting power lines with tools may cause a powerful or fatal electric shock.
• When pruning trees, all tools and trimmings must remain a minimum of 10 feet away from energized lines.
• Only qualified Line Clearance Arborists may work within 10 feet of energized lines
• Always contact LCEC before performing or contracting tree work near electric lines. LCEC can schedule safe clearing in advance of your tree care or deenergize the line.
LCEC has a strong focus on tree planning and care. Contact with power lines is extremely dangerous, and in some cases, fatal. To learn more about LCEC’s commitment to safe tree care practices, visit lcec.net.
April 13, 2021 – A special day is right around the corner! National Lineman Appreciation Day is April 18. On this important day, LCEC honors and thanks not just our dedicated linemen, but line workers around the world, for the imperative and dangerous work they do. These dedicated, highly skilled workers put their lives on the line daily to keep the lights on. They work in the most dangerous conditions faced with challenging elements and situations. National Lineman Appreciation Day is a day to #thankalineman for their work which goes largely unnoticed until you are without power.
Our linemen are extremely talented, brave and passionate. They who work around-the-clock to keep the lights on for LCEC customers. LCEC is extremely proud to have made the history books when retired lineman Les Walton was inducted into the International Lineman Museum Hall of Fame in 2015. Walton passed away in 2020. His legacy will forever live at LCEC and in this museum!
Should you see a lineman on National Lineman Appreciation Day, or any day for that matter, please give them a wave (from six feet away). LCEC extends a huge thank you to all the brave line heroes across the nation! During the COVID-19 pandemic, linemen and women are working hard around the world to ensure that no one has to worry about having power. It is the goal of line workers to provide peace of mind during this unprecedented time.
Powerful facts about the lineman trade:
-The power lineman trade began: 1879
-First lineman in the United States: Ezra Cornell (who built the Morse telegraph line and founded Cornell University)
-Founder and first president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Henry Miller
-Number of line workers in the United States: More than 115,000
-Number of wood poles in United Sates: 170+ million
-Approximate weight of lineman tools and equipment: 30 pounds
-Miles of wire service in United States: 9 million+
-Number of transmission towers in service in United States: 2.7 million+
-Number of wood poles in service in United States: 170 million+
-Number of years of training to become lineman: 4 years
April 6, 2021 – The time is almost here when our winter residents will leave sunny SWFL to reside elsewhere during the hot and humid summer months. It is important to remember that unoccupied homes need a small amount of air conditioning for humidity control. Without A/C, humidity can accumulate indoors and give rise to mold or mildew. Mold and mildew can grow nearly anywhere if the relative humidity is consistently 70 percent or higher. LCEC energy experts recommend following at least one of the following techniques to guard against mold and mildew if you are leaving your home for the summer:
• For the highest level of security against mildew, install a timer on the A/C system, and set it to cycle for two hours every day.
• Install a humidistat on the A/C, and set it to cycle whenever indoor humidity exceeds 65 percent. This technique uses the least power. Please note that on new high-efficiency systems, a humidistat may be incorporated with the thermostat control system.
• Set the thermostat to 83 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the least efficient method and is recommended only for short or infrequent summer trips.
Visit lcec.net for more energy savings and safety tips!
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