September 9, 2021 – LCEC announced that it will provide Environmental Funding Awards to ArtFest Fort Myers, Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, Monofilament Busters, Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Audubon of Southwest Florida, Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Future Forestry. Since the program’s inception in 2013, LCEC has awarded more than $186,000 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. Questions related to the LCEC Environmental Funding Award program can be sent to email@example.com. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
September 1, 2021 – Auto accidents are extremely scary for all those involved. If you are ever involved in or witness to an accident that involves power lines, it imperative to follow the steps below to potentially save your life or the life of someone in need. LCEC reminds all drivers to:
Remain in your vehicle:
If your car comes in contact with a power pole/line, do NOT leave the car. Your car and the surrounding area of the accident scene could be energized. If you leave the car, you could become the electricity’s path to the ground which could result in serious injury or death from electric shock. It is equally important to not allow bystanders to help as they could be seriously injured or killed.
Call for help:
Call 911 immediately who will then alert the responsible utility. Both will come to your aid ASAP!
Wait for the OK:
Wait for a utility or emergency worker to give you the ok before exiting your vehicle. The only reason to exit your car is if it on fire. If your car is on fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together and hop away with your feet remaining together.
Keep your cool:
Vehicle accidents can be extremely unnerving! Do your best to remain calm and listen to the instructions of the emergency and utility personnel. You remaining calm will help yourself and those working to help you.
For more safety tips, visit lcec.net. Safe driving!
August 26, 2021 – Storm season is in full swing! Even with LCEC working around the clock to deliver reliable electric, power outages can and do happen. If you plan to use your portable generator in the event of a power outage, it is vital to understand the dangers that come along with this convenience. Generators can create hazardous conditions for both the people within the home they are powering and any electric crews working in the area. GenerLink™ offered by LCEC eliminates the use of extension cords and other hazardous connections by providing a safe connection from the electric meter directly to the generator. It also detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous backfeed.
Benefits of GenerLink™:
• Easiest and safest generator connection.
• Allows customers to run virtually any appliances up to the capacity of their generator.
• Easily installed behind the electric meter by a certified LCEC technician.
• Connection at the meter keeps your portable generator outside where it is safe.
• Seven-year manufacturer’s warranty.
GenerLink™ inventory is limited and available while supplies last. Visit https://www.lcec.net/my-home/products-and-services/generlink for FAQs, pricing, and more. Call LCEC at 239-656-2300 to order yours today!
August 18, 2021 – LCEC is pleased to announce the acceptance of $27,075,628 by FEMA to help defray the costs incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Hurricane Irma ravaged many parts of the LCEC six-county service territory and resulted in power outages for approximately 70 percent of LCEC customers.
Extensive damage to the LCEC service territory included the replacement of:
As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, LCEC is eligible to receive reimbursement for specific restoration expenses when documented and submitted for consideration. “LCEC appreciates the financial relief these funds will provide to our rate-payers, as the reimbursement prevents us from having to pass those costs on to our roughly 230,000 cooperative customers. This puts us in a better position to continue the work necessary to harden our utility infrastructure against future storms,” said Chief Financial Officer Sarah Bullock.
August 12, 2021 – One easy way to conserve electricity while saving on your electric bill is to power down your computer when you are not using it. If you are one to jump on and off your pc for work or pleasure, LCEC energy experts recommend that you put your computer in sleep mode whenever possible.
Below is the cost difference for keeping your desktop computer with an LCD screen on 24/7 for an entire year:
• Fully powered: approximately $89
• Sleep mode: approximately $20
Other tips to keep in mind when it comes to your pc:
• Power off monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes.
• Power off your computer and monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than two hours.
• Ditch your desktop for a laptop which uses substantially less electricity.
• Look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing electronics.
Visit the Energy Efficiency tab on lcec.net for more ways to save!
August 5, 2021 – Reliability is of the utmost importance at LCEC. Employees work around the clock to keep the lights on for customers, but even with that dedication, power outages can and do happen. Power outages can result from a variety of causes including storms, animals, vehicle accidents, fallen trees and even sailboats coming into contact with power lines. When an outage is detected and/or reported, field crews are dispatched ASAP to impacted areas. Restoration begins with repairs that restore service to the largest number of customers in the least amount of time. In the event of an outage, customers can view the LCEC Outage Map at lcec.net to stay informed as restoration takes place. Customers can rest assured knowing that LCEC works 24/7/365 to deliver the power that energizes our community. We thank our customers for their patience when power outages do occur, and for their confidence in the work we do!
July 29, 2021 – September 1 is the deadline to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award. To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can 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 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. Funding is awarded twice a year with deadlines happening in March and September. The March 2021 LCEC Environmental Funding Award recipients included Audubon Western Everglades, Future Forestry, Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary. More than $160,000 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.
July 22, 2021 – What are big, green, and sit in residential neighborhoods? These large green boxes are called pad-mounted transformers and caution must be practiced around them.
What is a pad-mounted transformer?
Pad-mounted transformers work in the same capacity as the transformers (gray cans) on the top of electric poles do. In essence, they convert higher-voltage electricity to a lower voltage so that it is safe and useful for your home. The only difference is that pad-mounted transformers work with underground power lines while transformers on the pole work directly with the overhead electric lines.
How can I stay safe around pad-mounted transformers?
Pad-mounted transformers are locked and marked as dangerous. These big green boxes should never be used as benches, nor should kids play on or near them. Landscaping should not be planted around these boxes as power linemen may need to access them safely and easily, and any roots could interfere with underground wires. Never, ever dig anywhere near a pad-mounted transformer. It is just as important for people to be safe around underground power lines and pad-mounted transformers as it is to be safe around overhead power lines.
For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.
July 8, 2021 – Tropical Storm Elsa has left our area, and every kid in town is ready to head outdoors to enjoy what is left of summer! As little and big kids alike enjoy the outdoors, it is imperative for parents to remind their kids of the following outdoor electric safety rules:
Visit lcec.net for more information on electrical safety. Here’s to our kiddos enjoying all the beauty, fun and exercise that the outdoors has to offer while keeping safety in mind!
June 30, 2021 – Even when the rain cools things down, the heat and humidity in SWFL these days is unforgiving! Don’t let the heat skew your electric judgement. Keep the following tips in mind to keep cool without increasing your electric usage:
• When cooling your home, set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Each degree below adds 8 to 12 percent to the cooling costs.
• While away from home for more than two hours, set the thermostat at 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise and lower the temperature at certain times of the day.
• Be sure your thermostat fan switch is set on the “auto” setting. This is more economical for temperature and humidity control.
• Do not close A/C vents or interior doors when A/C is running.
• Service your air conditioning system annually.
• Change or clean filters monthly.
• Keep windows and exterior doors closed when running your air conditioner. Also, use caulk and weather strip around windows and doors.
• Replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy, or LED lamps (light emitting diode), which use 85 percent less energy with a life expectancy of 30,000 to 50,000 hours of run time.
• Turn off fans when the room is not occupied. Each continuously running fan costs approximately $7 per month on your electric bill.
• Install reflective window tint/film that will reflect 65 percent or better on windows facing east, west or south. LCEC also recommends installing awnings, storm shutters and planting shade trees.
Visit lcec.net for more ways to save.
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