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Gobble up electric savings this Thanksgiving

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.

Spook away energy vampires

October 27, 2020 – What better time to talk about avoiding energy vampires (a.k.a. phantom loads) in your home then at Halloween! Energy vampires or phantom loads are terms that describe appliances and electronics that are left plugged-in even when they are not in use. These items literally drain electricity all-day, every-day. On average, Americans have 20+ energy vampires sucking up electricity in their home right now which is estimated to add nearly $100 on their electric bills in just one year. Awareness and conservation are key to making an impact on both your electric bill and your carbon footprint! Slaying these energy vampires is as easy as unplugging things such as phone chargers, coffeemakers, and toasters when they are not being used. While it is important to unplug unused appliances and electronics while you are away for extended periods of time like vacation, it is equally important to do it on a daily basis before you leave for work or school. For more tips on conserving electricity, visit www.lcec.net.

LCEC names interim CFO

October 20, 2020 – LCEC announced that Director of Governance, Risk, and Compliance and Chief Risk/Compliance Officer Eric Scott has been named as interim Director of Finance & Accounting/CFO. Scott joined LCEC in June 2020 with vast utility experience in the areas of Governance, Risk, Compliance, Finance, and Accounting. He held various accounting and finance roles for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, Missouri before joining LCEC. Scott has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accounting, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, all from Missouri State University.

New managers appointed in LCEC Electric Operations Division

October 12, 2020 – LCEC is pleased to announce the promotion of four interim managers to managers in its Electric Operations division: Bill Piland to Manager of Design and Engineering Services, Rob Puchacz to Manager of Construction and Maintenance (working with LCEC contractors), Gary Richardson to Manager of System Operations, and Frank Sherkus to Manager of Construction and Maintenance (working with LCEC line crews). These promotions are a testament to LCEC succession planning and a focus on a sustainable workforce. These team members moved up the ranks throughout their career and gained knowledge and experience in every aspect of the LCEC organization.

Calling all anglers to 24th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

October 8, 2020 – Calling all anglers to the 24th Annual LCEC United Fishing Tournament being held on November 14, 2020 at D&D Bait and Tackle on Matlacha. Social distancing and CDC recommendations will be part of the LCEC tournament including a tailgate-style event to present prizes on tournament day following a day of fishing on the waters. Fish will be measured and photos submitted using the FishDonkey app. A small-scale awards event will feature a bite to eat, hydration, digital auction and abbreviated onsite raffle, truck give-away, sponsor thanks, and the announcement of tournament winners. Social distancing, face coverings, temperature stations, and other recommended precautions are a few of the measures that will be taken on tourney day. Registration and information on the Captain’s Meeting and tournament rules can be found at https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/Fish.aspx. Contact fish@lcec.net or 239-656-2204 with questions. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Special thanks to the premiere sponsor of this year’s tournament: Irby.

LCEC offers two ways to participate in 9th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk for United Way

October 6, 2020 – LCEC will be holding its 9th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K to benefit the United Way on Halloween day, October 31, 2020 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. There is also a virtual race option that can be completed any time from now until midnight on Halloween. Please note that LCEC will be following CDC guidelines. All event volunteers will be wearing face coverings and social distancing. If there is inclement weather on race day or health concerns prohibit large gatherings, this event will be completely virtual. Runners/walkers must be registered by October 17 in order to receive a shirt, but event registration officially ends October 28. There are different registration tiers for the in-person and virtual race that range from $25-$15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Packet pick-up for all participants will be held on October 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Run Shoppe in Cape Coral. Contact 5K@lcec.net with questions and visit https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/5k.aspx for more details. Register today at https://www.active.com/cape-coral-fl/running/distance-running-races/lcec-goblin-gallop-5K-2020. Since its inception, this 5K has netted over $16,862 for the United Way! Thank you to all those who have participated in the past and will participate in this year’s event!

Protect your pets from electric hazards

September 29, 2020 – Pets get into everything around the house, but don’t let their curiosity get them injured or, even worse, killed! Pet-proofing your home is a necessity to protect your beloved pets. Below are some simple tips for keeping your fuzzy family members safe:

• Be sure that all plugs are completely in their wall sockets. You do not want a wet nose, paw and tongue coming into contact with exposed prongs.
• Watch your cords for fraying or damage from nibbling. If unplugging cords is not an option and your furry friend is seeking out electrical cords, consider coating them in pet deterrent which is available at pet stores or wrap the cords in a cable or PVC.
• Never leave any electrical items plugged in near water!
• Do not allow your pet near lamps. If your pet loves lamps too much to keep them away, consider a low-heat lamp so there is less chance of fire if it is knocked over.
• Keep your furry friends away from cords behind your computer or television. It may be warm and cozy for them, but the risk is too great with all of those cords and electrical connections. If possible, set up comfy area for your pet that is completely free of electricity. This would be the ideal spot for their crate, bed, toys, etc.

Pet-proofing a home is just as important to baby-proofing since our “kids” rely on us to keep them safe! For more tips on electrical safety and more, visit lcec.net.

Are your windows and glass upping your energy usage?

September 22, 2020 – You may be surprised to learn that upwards of 30 percent of your cooling costs is attributed to glass and windows. Even though today marks the start of fall, the weather in sunny Southwest Florida is hot pretty much year-round. Consider the following tips from our energy experts about your home’s window and glass to potentially cut down on your electric usage:

• Significant air-conditioning savings can be attained by blocking solar heat before it reaches the windows, or by using special heat-reflecting glass or heat-reflecting glass coatings (residential window tint).
• Reflective glass or reflective glass coatings should be rated to reflect at least 65 percent of all solar heat to be considered efficient in Southwest Florida.
• Internal window coverings trap solar heat between them and the window glass until the heat energy warms the air in that space. The heat-laden air flows up to the ceiling, where it waits for the air conditioner to cycle on and draw it in through the filter. This creates an illusion of efficiency when, in fact, the load on the air conditioner has not been altered.
• Awnings, storm shutters, shade trees and porch or lanai roofs are all very effective in blocking solar heat. To be 100 percent effective, the exterior shading device must never allow direct sunlight to touch the window’s surface.
• East or west windows are the main source of intrusive heat. It is recommended to use shading devices and tint on east and west windows since they experience many hours of direct sunlight.
• South-facing windows experience a great deal of direct sunlight in the winter months when the sun rides lower in the sky. In the summer, south-facing windows are largely shaded by the overhanging soffit of the roof.
• Skylights experience many more hours of direct sunlight than any vertical window and should be avoided if possible.
• It is difficult to utilize shading devices to block the sun from entering skylights. Existing skylights can be tinted, covered, blocked or shaded to lessen their load on the air conditioner.
• When upgrading windows, consider energy-efficient features such as double-pane, low-E glass as well as type of frame material.

For more ways to save on your energy usage, visit lcec.net.

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