Published: Sep 16, 2010 3:37 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 12:38 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - LCEC customers have a new tool to save on their power bill. The company unveiled energy alerts last month on their web site.

Customers who sign up for the program can set the amount of kilowatt hours they want to use and get e-mail and cell phone text messages alerting them once they go over their allotted amount. A 30-day chart also gives customers the option of seeing just how much money they would save on their bill if they cut back on their energy use.

"Rather than being surprised at the end of the month you can watch it on a day to day basis", said Doug Barker, an energy services supervisor with LCEC.

Fritz Andress is among the more than 270 customers already taking part in the on-line program.  

"I'm a numbers guy and I like playing with numbers anyway," he adds.

Andress admits that since he's started tracking his daily energy use he finds himself nagging his family to turn off the lights inside their home and keep the A.C. from running all day.

"It drives her batty that every time I look at it I say 'Hey honey, what did you do today?'."

Energy alerts can also give customers a heads up on a broken air conditioner or household appliance that is eating up too much energy.

The program is free of charge and customers can sign up at www.LCEC.net.