May 26, 2022 – Storm season starts in less than a week, and that means that power outages may occur if strong weather heads our way. If you power your home with a portable generator during electrical outages, it is imperative to consider the serious health and safety risks to you, your neighbors, and unsuspecting line crews working in the area if not operated properly. Keep the following in mind to protect yourself and others this storm season:
May 19, 2022 – Did you know that 30 percent of the summer cooling costs in Southwest Florida are attributed to glass and windows? For those with tons of glass and windows in your dwelling, it is essential to understand the role that glass and windows play in allowing solar heat to enter your home in our summer-dominant climate.
All transfer of heat energy occurs as the result of convection, conduction or radiation:
Convection occurs when heat energy, embodied in a substance, usually air, moves from place to place as the embodying substance moves.
Conduction occurs when heat energy moves from molecule to molecule through a substance. The greater the difference in temperature, the greater the flow of conducted heat.
Radiation is the process by which most heat energy enters homes in Southwest Florida. Every object embodies or stores heat energy and some of this heat energy leaks away in the form of infrared radiation or radiant heat.
Along with understanding how heat enters our home, LCEC energy experts suggest the following tips to stay cool while keeping your electric usage under control:
Visit lcec.net for more ways to save on your energy consumption!
May 4, 2022 – As hot as it feels now, summertime will bring even hotter temperatures to sunny SWFL. LCEC recommends taking simple steps now to beat the heat:
In addition to taking steps to beat the heat while keeps electric costs low, now is the time to prep for storm season which starts June 1. Visit the Storm Center page on lcec.net to download the LCEC Hurricane Guide and to learn more about storm restoration. Visit the Energy Efficiency tab for simple and free ways to save on your energy usage.
May 2, 2022 – A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) increase will be implemented for LCEC customers on their May bill. The increase is the result of rising purchased power costs passed on from the LCEC power supplier, Florida Power and Light (FPL).
PCA charges are determined after consideration of projected costs for purchased power. When purchased power costs decline the PCA is decreased. Since 2014, there have been five PCA decreases. There are no margins (profit) earned on power costs which makes up more than 70 percent of the LCEC bill.
Even with the power cost adjustment, LCEC rates remain competitive within the region. LCEC customers have not seen a base rate increase in 13 years. The base rate is the portion of the bill that LCEC is able to manage through efficiencies, technology, and a close watch on the bottom line.
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