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LES is your resource for energy information and the following items will help answer your home and business energy questions and give you ideas to reduce your energy costs. Materials are also available to aid in teachers’ classroom discussions of electricity and safety, as well as presentations that show what happens behind the scenes to get low-cost electricity to you.

LES key facts

Brochures for your home

Get your hands on a variety of brochures, including our customer newsletter Current, that will show you ways to save money and energy, as well as give you tips on how to be safe around electricity.

With LES' low rates, you're saving money compared to the rest of the country. The information in these brochures can help you save even more.

Get the brochures in one of these ways...

  • Download from below.
  • Call 402-475-4211 and have one mailed to you.

Current

Read LES' customer newsletter:

Sustainable Energy Program

Community solar

Generating 5 megawatts of solar energy, the LES community solar facility is the largest and first utility-scale solar installation in Nebraska, as well as one of the largest in the region.

LES Vegetation Management Program

Energy-efficient lighting at home

Geothermal heat pumps

Money-saving tips

Save money on home operating costs

PowerLine - LES' automated system for reporting outages

PowerLine uses caller ID to recognize the location of registered customers who call to report an outage (toll free: 1-888-365-2412), which gives us the information we need to dispatch crews and restore service as quickly as possible.

Ways to pay

Brochures for your business

Browse a variety of business-related brochures offering ways you can cut energy costs even further and learn how to better manage your business’ electric service.

Get the brochures in one of these ways...

  • Download from below.
  • Call 402-473-3270 and have one mailed to you.

Sustainable Energy Program

Community solar

Generating 5 megawatts of solar energy, the LES community solar facility is the largest and first utility-scale solar installation in Nebraska, as well as one of the largest in the region.

LES Vegetation Management Program

Property Manager

Energy Answers

Geothermal heat pumps

ThermoVision infrared scanning service

ThermoVision is LES' low-cost, nonintrusive infrared scanning service. It provides early warning of potential electrical component failures in your systems and equipment, which could help you avoid costly downtime.

PowerLine - LES' automated system for reporting outages

PowerLine uses caller ID to recognize the location of registered customers who call to report an outage (toll free: 1-888-365-2412), which gives us the information we need to dispatch crews and restore service as quickly as possible.

Economic Development

LES provides low-cost and reliable electricity to businesses and industries currently located in our service area, and works closely with area economic development organizations to assist new and expanding industries.

Integrated Resource Plan

An Integrated Resource Plan is a blueprint developed every five years to help forecast when power resources will be needed, what the optimal resource mix may look like and how LES will bring it together to best serve its ratepayers in the future.

Read the Integrated Resource Plan.

LES service area map

LES services approximately 200 square miles within Lancaster County in Nebraska, comprising the cities of Lincoln, Prairie Home, Waverly, Walton, Cheney and Emerald.

Sustainable Energy Program

By taking advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, you can save money, help reduce the need for energy during expensive peak periods and help delay the necessity to build high-cost power plants.

LES incentive funds are available to residential and business customers for preapproved energy-efficient equipment.

More about the Sustainable Energy Program for customers and contractors/self-installers

Vegetation management & clearances

One of the ways we keep your power on is by decreasing the risk of a major contributor to outages — tree branches. With your help, we eliminate branches that are potentially dangerous or may cause an outage.

When it comes to providing reliable electricity, LES’ track record is one of the best in the country. One of the ways we keep your power on is by decreasing the risk of a major contributor to outages — tree branches.

Pruning trees for safety & reliability

With your help, LES’ Vegetation Management Program eliminates any branches that are potentially dangerous or may cause an outage. And, we do it in a way that keeps our community looking great.

Before pruning begins, our crew members make an attempt to contact property owners and tenants to explain the pruning work that needs to be done on the property. In the case of some emergencies, advance explanation may not be practical.

The right tree in the right place

Trees and shrubs play an important role in our lives whether we live in the city or rural areas. LES supports proper planting of trees and shrubs in our community and nurturing and maintaining existing plantings. Reducing conflicts between electrical facilities and trees and shrubs has a direct impact on you.

Installing fences and landscaping around power equipment

Properly locating fences and landscaping will help us reduce restoration time and eliminate hazards. Two days before you dig, have utility lines marked in your yard. Call Nebraska811 at 811 or 1-800-331-5666 before you dig to learn the location of underground utilities near your home. You also can request locates online.

Report a tree or vegetation in power lines:

Visit these sites for more information:

Construction activity

The LES budget includes construction projects in and around Lincoln.

Construction projects improve service and reliability for all who live in, work in, or visit our service area. Take a look at current projects, as well as other planned construction activity.

2018 construction activity map

All construction projects map

Understanding electricity usage

Wondering what caused a difference in your bill? Understanding some of the most common causes of usage is one of the best things to help control the amount of energy you use.

Weather

About half of our home energy costs comes from heating and cooling our homes. LES recommends keeping your thermostat set to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter. Keep in mind, in the extreme summer heat and cold winter months, it takes more energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

You can’t control the weather, but you can control your thermostat which has a big effect on your bill. You can expect a 3-5 percent increase in energy use for every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter.

Longer billing cycle

There were more days than average in the billing period. Refer to the Billing Period on your LES bill for the length of the billing cycle. Also, compare average kilowatt-hours per day.

Unpaid balance

Your bill included an unpaid balance due from a previous month or another related account within LES.

Rates

LES’ summer rates take effect during a four-month period from June 1 through Sept. 30. Electric rates are higher in the summer because customer electricity use increases significantly across the region to power air conditioners.

To ensure customers continue to have an adequate and reliable source of electricity, power plants that are infrequently run during the rest of the year are used to meet this added demand. Higher-cost fuel and maintenance expenses are required to run these power plants.

As the additional costs are only accrued in the summer, they are not included in the winter rates.

An increase also may be due to a recent LES rate increase. Review our Residential Service rate schedule.

A full house

Times with more people in the house and higher activity, like holidays and school vacations, can cause your energy usage to be higher than normal.

How to lower your energy usage

LES recommends having a licensed contractor perform a preseason checkup of your cooling system in the spring and heating system in the fall to ensure all parts are working properly and you’re getting the most out of your equipment.

For more information...

Presentations

Become more acquainted with electricity and your utility.

LES' technical and professional staff members are available to discuss electricity- and energy-related topics with your group. Topics could include...

  • Rates.
  • Power generation.
  • Energy management.
  • Operation of electric space and water conditioning equipment.
  • Electric safety.
  • Home energy-saving tips.
  • Building energy audit services.
  • Other issues related to LES and the electric power industry.

For more information...

Teachers & students

Spend some time in LES’ Electrical Safety World and Energy Efficiency World. See other resources available as you teach and learn about the wonders of electricity.

Education outreach programs

We offer numerous top-notch programs for schools in our service area, free of charge. LES subject matter experts will take students through fun and informative presentations! All programs are designed with Nebraska state standards in mind.

Read about each education outreach program.

Be an e-SMARTkid!

Becoming e-SMART means learning about electricity and using it safely and wisely. Check out our e-SMARTkid! games and activities, and you’ll be on your way!

LES Energy Ideas on 5 City-TV

This program details seasonal, money-saving tips for residential and business customers and takes a look at key issues affecting LES and its customer/owners.

Smart energy forums and webinars

Smart energy forums and webinars bring together experts in various aspects of energy conservation to provide commercial and industrial customers opportunities to learn more about how to save money by saving energy.

LES commercial and industrial customers save thousands of dollars a year on electricity costs compared to the rest of the nation. And, LES' smart energy forums are aimed at helping you learn of ways to cut energy costs even further.

Lighting (April 12, 2017)

Reliability (April 2, 2015)

Energy-efficient lighting at home

The cost of lighting your home comprises about 7 percent of your electric bill.

Online energy checkup / em • Powered™

Get energy conservation tips and recommendations delivered right to your inbox with LES’ em • Powered™ service for residential customers.

This service is a free and convenient way to increase your home’s energy efficiency and find answers to energy questions.

It features a monthly e-communication with energy conservation tips and recommendations delivered right to your inbox. Other topics of interest will include water conservation, green initiatives and the latest energy technologies. You’ll also be able to access other free tools directly from your email…

Subscribe to em • Powered™

For more information, email an Energy Services Representative or call 402-475-4211.

Online energy checkup / EnergyLine for business customers

LES’ EnergyLine is a free and convenient way to increase your company’s energy efficiency and find answers to energy questions.

The online energy checkup is part of LES’ EnergyLine and offers a twice-monthly e-newsletter with a business-development and revenue-generating focus that provides commercial and industrial customers useful, technical information about engineering, troubleshooting and environmental issues.

You’ll also be able to access these free resources:

  • Commercial energy calculators, benchmarks and efficiency recommendations. Access carbon footprint, fuel cost, motor and lighting calculators; energy benchmarks with instant access to industry-specific average energy use on a per-square-foot basis; industry-tailored recommendations to lower energy costs and improve efficiency; and more.
  • Ask an Expert. Get answers to industry-related questions and one-on-one interaction with leading experts.
  • Energy eLibrary. Search the archives of past newsletter articles and other valuable reference materials.
  • LES smart energy forums. Receive invitations to these expert-led forums, and learn more about how to save money by saving energy. 

Subscribe to EnergyLine

For more information, email an Energy Services Representative or call 402-475-4211.