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Call for LCEC Environmental Funding Award Applications

January 20, 2022 – March 15 is the first of two deadlines in 2022 to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award. To apply for an environmental funding award, organizations should 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 that the funding must be utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry and have a demonstrated need for funds. Funding is awarded twice a year with deadlines happening on March 15 and September 1. The September 2021 LCEC Environmental Funding Award recipients included ArtFest Fort Myers, Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, Monofilament Busters, Inc., Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Inc., Audubon of Southwest Florida, Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Future Forestry Corporation. More than $186,000 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. To learn more, visit the Environment page at www.lcec.net.

Many ways to pay your LCEC bill

January 12, 2022 – Paying your LCEC electric bill is a snap. Choose from one of the simple options below:

Auto Pay – This convenient, time-saving option will automatically deduct your payment from your bank account on the due date of your LCEC bill. Customers can register for Auto Pay though the LCEC SmartHub.

Pay by Phone – This convenient option is as simple as calling LCEC at 239-656-2300 or 800-599-2356. Checking/savings account payments are FREE and post immediately to your LCEC account. Credit/debit card payments made before 4 p.m. post to your LCEC account within six hours. Payments made after 4 p.m. post the next day or you may schedule payment for a later date. Third-party service fee of $4 applies.

Pay Online using SmartHub –Just like Pay by Phone, checking/savings account payments are FREE and post immediately to your LCEC account. Credit/debit card payments made before 4 p.m. post to your LCEC account within six hours. Payments made after 4 p.m. post the next day or you may schedule payment for a later date. Third-party service fee of $4 applies.

Pay Online using PayNowWith PayNow, there is no registration required.Billing account number and your last name or business name are needed to make a checking or savings account payment for FREE which posts to your LCEC account immediately.

Walk-in Stations – Walk-in Payment Stations are located throughout the LCEC service territory. Visit the Payment Options page on lcec.net for a list of Fidelity Express and MoneyGram locations. Cash is the only accepted form of payment at these Walk-in Payment Stations and there is a third-party service fee of $1.50. Customers must have their LCEC bill or account number to make a payment.

U.S. Mail – Payments are accepted via the envelope enclosed with your bill, mailed to the LCEC payment address of P.O. Box 31477, Tampa, FL 33631-3477.

To enroll in SmartHub or learn more about the LCEC payment options, visit lcec.net.

Kick off 2022 by enrolling in the LCEC Power to Share by Rounding Up program

January 5, 2022 – If you are an LCEC customer with a New Year’s Resolution to help others, our Power to Share by Rounding Up program is a perfect fit. The LCEC Power to Share program was created in 2009 to assist financially strained customers having difficulty making electric payments. This program is a partnership between LCEC and the United Way, and is funded through generous donations by LCEC employees, business partners, and customers.

In 2020, LCEC expanded this program with the introduction of the Power to Share by Rounding Up program. This program allows participating customers to round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar. Customers also have the option to make an additional monthly contribution or make a one-time donation to their bill. With many ways to donate, giving is easy. Customers can enroll and unenroll easily though the LCEC SmartHub, online at lcec.net or over the phone by calling LCEC Customer Care at 239-656-2300.

For more information on the LCEC Power to Share by Rounding Up program or other ways that LCEC positively impacts our community, visit lcec.net.

Commit to saving energy in 2022

December 29, 2021 – In a day and time when it feels like so much is out of our control, make 2022 a year to commit to saving on electricity. By adding energy savings to your New Year’s Resolutions, you can lessen your carbon footprint while reducing your electric bill.

New Year’s Resolutions to conserve energy:

  • Unplug electronics that are not being used (e.g. coffee machines, toasters, phone chargers)
  • Swap your incandescent bulbs for LED or CFL
  • Only use your washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads to wash
  • Use your ceiling fans to keep cool, but remember to shut them off when you leave the room
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat
  • Keep your freezer full
  • Consider adding smart devices for greater control of your energy use
  • Install reflective window tint/film
  • Keep your A/C at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when cooling your home

For more simple ways to save, visit lcec.net. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and energy-efficient New Year!

Christmas tree dos and don’ts

December 15, 2021 – You have trimmed your tree and the countdown is on until Santa puts presents underneath. With so much happening during the holidays it is essential to keep the following dos and don’ts in mind for your Christmas tree to both save on electricity and keep you and your family safe:

Dos:

  • Do water your tree often.
  • Do keep an eye on the lights and cords. Should you notice any damage or issues, remove the lights and cord immediately, and replace with a new set.  

Don’ts:

  • Don’t leave your Christmas tree on for prolonged periods of time, especially overnight. Not only will keeping the tree lights on add to your electric bill, but it could cause a fire if your tree is overly dry.
  • Don’t overload your electrical outlets. Pay attention to safety instructions on your lights.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net. Happy holidays to one and all from LCEC!

Just say no to heating

December 8, 2021 – Chilly days are ahead for sunny SWFL, but LCEC reminds customers to resist the urge to crank on the heat. Since heating costs two to three times more than cooling, it is wise to consider other ways to stay warm on the chilly winter days ahead. Some energy-efficient options include using an electric blanket or small space heater to stay warm, but it is imperative to abide by all safety instructions. There is also the free option of bundling up in blankets or clothes and cuddling with your furry friend or favorite person. If you absolutely must turn on the heat, LCEC recommends setting the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

LCEC Chief Financial Officer graduates from the Management Internship Program

December 1, 2021 – LCEC is proud to announce that Chief Financial Officer Sarah Bullock has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin. This is the most exclusive management development program in the nation for electric cooperatives.

The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring around the nation.

MIP participants go through three 10-day sessions designed to challenge and educate in new, innovative management techniques. Participants leave with a better understanding of what customers want and how to ensure they get it. This program also covers the unique principles that govern the operations of electric cooperatives and how to enhance the core organization.

Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top-level management can participate in the program. This allows for a greater emphasis of study on management and leadership challenges.

LCEC applauds Bullock for her hard work and dedication in completing this program.

Tips for saving energy on Thanksgiving

November 18, 2021 – It’s time to gobble until you wobble! LCEC energy experts remind customers to do the following to save moola as you munch: 

  • Plan out your oven use. Cook multiple things at once. Consider cooking your appetizers, dinner and dessert items at once to cut down on your electric usage. Every time you open your oven, the temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees in addition to raising the temperature in your kitchen, so resist the urge to continually peek at your dishes!
  • Utilize your microwave for side dishes. Microwaves use half as much electricity as conventional ovens, and cook items in a shorter time.
  • 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 for things like drinks rather than continually opening your fridge.
  • Avoid wasting time, water and energy by letting your dishwasher clean your Thanksgiving mess. Fill it up as much as possible to make each load count.

Happy Thanksgiving from the LCEC!

Fall into good energy habits

November 11, 2021 – Fall is the perfect time to make sure your energy usage efforts aren’t falling by the wayside. (Pun intended). Consider the following tips to help you save on your energy bill during fall and beyond.

Let the sun do its thing

Let the sun shine in to light and warm your home on chilly days. Just be sure to close curtains at night to keep any chilly weather out.

Check all seals

Before winter comes, inspect your windows and doors for any gaps that could allow heat and/or AC to enter or escape. If need be, use weather strips and caulking to help keep your home at the perfect temp for you and your family!

Reverse ceiling fans

Although it isn’t really necessary in Florida, you can change the direction of your ceiling fan to turn clockwise. This simple change pushes warm air that has risen back down into the room. This also aids in redistributing air so the air coming out of the vents it is evenly moved through the room.

For more ways to save, visit lcec.net.

November is National Child Safety and Protection Month

November 3, 2021 – November is National Child Safety and Protection Month. This month is dedicated to identifying potential dangers to children and taking steps to protect our children against those dangers. Now is the perfect time to educate children on the importance of electrical safety. It is also a great time to remind ourselves of the electrical hazards that surround us on a daily basis. LCEC reminds people of all ages to:

  • Never climb trees near power lines.
  • Kites and model airplanes should be flown only during good weather conditions in large open areas. Kites should never be flown near overhead power lines or other electrical equipment, such as substations. Never climb a tree near power lines to retrieve a kite.
  • Never climb a utility pole or tower.
  • Don’t play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment (a.k.a. the big green metal boxes often found in neighborhoods).
  • Avoid going near an electric substation.
  • If thunder roars (or lightening is present), go indoors immediately.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. If you see a downed line, call your electric provider immediately. LCEC customers should call 239-656-2300.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.

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