Saving Our Environment
Saving Our Environment
No base rate
increase in 2010!
LCEC continues to work hard to provide reliable electric service at the most cost-competitive price while providing options for customers. A
stringent budget process resulted in reducing costs throughout the organization so that customers will not see a base rate increase in 2010. Built into
the current LCEC budget and rate structure is a 10-year maintenance and operations
plan focused on installation of electric infrastructure and maintenance where there is
a critical need to ensure that reliability remains stable.
The cost of providing reliable electric service continues to increase in terms
of design, permitting, materials, equipment and labor. Through the use of process
improvements and efficiencies and close monitoring of operation and maintenance
costs, LCEC continues to hold the line on the part of the customer bill that we can
Power supply costs are passed along to the customer from our power supplier,
and LCEC does not control this portion of the bill, which is approximately 70 percent
of your bill. While power suppliers work to mitigate rising prices, it is possible that
adjustments can be made to power costs later in the year. Customers also have the
opportunity to manage their electric bill with energy-saving habits. Visit www.lcec.
net to use convenient Energy Tools or find Green Energy Tips!
Easy steps to ANNUAL MEETING
mail your bill!
The 2010 LCEC Annual Meeting will be held on
Thursday, April 15, at LCEC headquarters in North Fort
Myers. Board of Trustees President Larry Turbeville
and Chief Executive Officer Dennie Hamilton will report
LCEC provides many convenient ways to pay your bill, but
on 2009 accomplishments and plans for the future.
if you prefer to mail it, make sure that you follow these steps to
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the business
ensure your payment is received and posted quickly. Following
meeting begins at 9 a.m.
these steps also helps to keep costs low by reducing the resources
needed for research.
1. Include your current account number (located on your bill) in
the memo field.
2. Include your bill stub and fill in the amount paid box.
3. Use the LCEC remittance envelope to mail your payment to:
LCEC offers customers
PO Box 31477 opportunity to pay their electric bill by MasterCard,
Tampa, FL 33631-3477 Visa or Discover cards or bank debit cards through a third-party
To save even more time, utilize other convenient LCEC payment vendor. Customers who use this option to pay their bill can avoid
methods: inconveniences of late fees and disconnection for non-payment.
Credit or debit card payments can be made through Pay by
Phone and PowerPay (www.lcec.net).
LOCATION FOR Pay by Customers paying with credit and debit cards are charged a
Phone $5.50 convenience fee by a third party vendor. Transactions of up to
Payments post within minutes to your LCEC account
$1,000 can be paid during the process.
Keep in mind that credit/debit card payments take one to two
Go to www.lcec.net. business days to process, and it can take an additional business day
to have service reconnected, so this may not be the best payment
method to get service restored quickly if it has been disconnected
A variety of free payment options are also available using a
checking account – AutoPay, Pay by Phone and PowerPay, mail,
pay stations, and drop boxes. Cash payments are also accepted at
Trustee Election Nominating Committee members announced
At the December Board meeting, Trustees appointed a 10-person The Trustee positions up for election during 2010 are:
Nominating Committee comprised of one representative from each of District 2, Seat 1—Cape Coral
LCEC’s geographical areas. The Committee will interview applicants, District 2, Seat 3—Cape Coral
including incumbents, who have sent in completed applications by District 6—Immokalee/Everglades City
the January 4, 2010, deadline. After interviewing all applicants, the
Committee will nominate candidates based on professional business 2010 Nominating Committee Members
experience, community leadership and involvement, utility industry Vernon E. Archibald, At Large Hatton Rogers, North Fort Myers
knowledge, integrity, and ability to help govern a multimillion dollar William R. Dunnuck, Marco Island Paul Sanborn, Cape Coral
electric cooperative. Ballots will be mailed March 9, and votes must Raymond Holland, Immokalee Chris Schroder, Cape Coral
be received by 5 p.m., March 31. All LCEC members with an active Lynn Maxwell, Cape Coral Birgit P. Vertesch, Sanibel
Dr. Jon R. Olliff, Lehigh Acres Edwin S. Wilson, North Fort Myers
account on the date of record (February 16, 2010) are eligible to vote.
Customer survey Winner - If you receive an LCEC customer survey in the mail, return it for a chance to win $50. October’s winner was Jill Hamilton of Marco Island.
Become your own energy expert!
LCEC has fantastic energy tools designed to help customers LCEC also offers specific energy calculators that provide
determine the cause of their highest energy costs. It can all be done detailed calculations for appliance, lighting, pool and spas, television
with a few clicks of the mouse anytime! and commercial usage. The calculators are customized with the
Billing Insights allows customers to complete an online profile weather in our area and LCEC energy costs. These energy-efficiency
with energy usage information specific tools can estimate the cost of everything
to their home. Within seconds, Billing from a curling iron or electric blanket to
Insights takes the profile information and a specific size refrigerator or pool pump.
compares it with the customer’s actual bill to Customers plug in their data and the
determine where energy costs are associated. calculator does the work. Variables can be
Additionally, the tool provides an annual changed to demonstrate the savings that
summary to estimate where energy dollars are possible with small changes in energy
were allocated. Customers can take it a step usage patterns.
further if they have seen a drastic change Additionally, the LCEC online Energy
in their bill from month to month and the Usage Tool allows you to view your usage
tool will analyze the cause of the increase. on a daily basis and is available at www.
Bills can fluctuate based on billing cycle lcec.net in Web Self Service.
length, weather or an increased use of certain Visit www.lcec.net to try it out
Keep your bill low
when temperatures are low
A few of the Team LCEC Heart Walk members pose for
a photo before heading to the starting line. LCEC raised
critical funds to help the American Heart Association in
the fight against the nation’s number one killer – heart
LCEC employ- he year began with colder than usual temperatures.
ees opened their Customers may notice an increase in their electric bills
hearts to adopt if they utilized their heating systems to keep warm.
10 families for Typically, heating can cost two to three times more than cooling.
the holiday sea-
son. Pantry boxes Customers can control their usage habits and can easily manage
were delivered in their electric bill by keeping these winter energy tips in mind:
November and • Do not raise the thermostat higher than 68 degrees. Every
December with degree higher raises the heating portion of your bill
food and other approximately 8 percent!
items. Seven vans • Invest in a programmable thermostat so that you can lower
full of gifts were temperatures during the day when you are not home.
dropped off at the • Reversing your ceiling fan direction can distribute heat around
Children’s Home Society in time for Christmas, and gift large rooms.
bags were filled for those in the Salvation Army medical
unit for the holidays - along with an all-expense paid din-
• Open blinds so the sun can warm your home during the day;
ner at a local restaurant. close them at night to keep the heat in.
• Check heating system for duct leaks. Sealing leaky ducts can
Community BOARD MEETING
save hundreds of dollars a year!
• Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and save
nearly $100 a year!
• Portable space heaters are great for spot heating, but running
LCEC Board meetings are typically held the third one 24/7 cost about $150 a month. Be sure to use space heaters
Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the North Fort Myers office safely!
(4980 Bayline Drive). Monthly meeting agendas are available online
two days prior to the meeting.
make shopping for energy-efficient appliances easy
When buying an appliance, remember it costs you money in two ways: the cost to purchase the item and the cost of
the energy the item uses. Shopping for energy-efficient appliances has been made easier with the Department of Energy’s
Appliance Standards Program, which requires all major home appliances to meet certain energy efficiency guidelines
and carry a yellow EnergyGuide label.
The label displays the amount of energy the appliance uses, compares it to the energy use of similar products, and
lists the approximate annual operating costs. In addition, the label displays an overall rating for the product. The higher
the rating, the more energy efficient the product.
EnErgy STAr: The alias for energy saving products
Purchasing energy-efficient products can save families about a third on their energy bill without sacrificing features, style or
comfort. By incorporating advanced technologies that use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models, ENERGY
STAR appliances make saving energy simple, and the money you save on your utility bills will more than make up for the cost
of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model. Just look for the ENERGY STAR label the next time you purchase
appliances, heating and cooling equipment, home electronics, lighting or office equipment.