LCEC has added new functionality allowing customer to go green by turning off their paper bills through the LCEC website. Once enrolled in the program, customers receive a monthly e-mail notification when their bill is due and have the option of paying with a multitude of payment options. Enrollment available at www.lcec.net'>www.lcec.net and click on Account Access and Paperless Billing on the home page.
LCEC says the environmental benefits of paperless billing are:
* Reduce pounds of paper every month means trees are saved
* Minimize greenhouse gases
* Reduce wastewater from paper production
* Decrease gas used to deliver bills
Ryan said the benefits to LCEC customers are:
* Reduction of printing and postage costs
* Convenience of managing bills anytime, anywhere
* Less mailbox, desk and kitchen counter clutter
* Less wasted paper in the trash (such as a bill, envelope and newsletter)
* Reduced threat of identity theft
LCEC is a not-for-profit cooperative and customer are members. Operational cost reductions benefit customers by helping to keep rates low. Another benefit is that equity is allocated to customers when revenues exceed expenses. Over the years, LCEC has been able to return more than $164 million in equity to active and inactive customers, said Karen Ryan, a spokesman with LCEC.
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LCEC offers AutoPay and payments can be deducted from checking or savings accounts automatically. Customers can also pay their bill by phone using a credit/debit card or a checking or savings account. No hassle, no late payments, no stamps, no paper, Ryan said.
Small changes can make a big difference towards protecting our world for future generations, she said.
Established in 1940, LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres.
Ryan said LCEC is committed to providing efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and excellent service to our customers.
LCEC is also a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with nearly 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement and local school districts.