Pay As You Go Program
LEC's Pay As You Go program offers significant benefits for many of our members. This program allows members to pay in advance of their use, rather than accumulate a debit balance that is billed after the end of the month.
To sign up for this service, your current LEC account must have a zero balance. You will also need to start with a minimum credit balance of $50.00 on your Pay As You Go account. Each day your account balance will be debited $1.10 for the system maintenance charge. Also debited daily is your charge for the kWh's used at $0.0755 per kWh from May through October and $0.0655 per kWh from November through April.
You will be notified any time your account balance is below $50.00. On the day your balance reaches zero, your service will be automatically disconnected if a payment has not been received by 10:00 am. To reconnect, you must pay the outstanding balance, plus a minimum of $30.00 for future energy use.
*Currently LEC does not perform disconnects on Fridays, weekends or holidays. If your balance reaches a zero balance on one of those days, you will have until 10:00 am on the next scheduled disconnect day to make a payment and avoid disconnect.
ENERGY STAR® Appliances
ENERGY STAR® Rebates
Lincoln Electric Cooperative's (LEC) ENERGY STAR® appliance rebates encourage members to purchase energy efficient clothes washers, freezers and refrigerators. The program is straightforward: you purchase an ENERGY STAR® qualifying appliance, send in the rebate form and a copy of receipt that lists make and model number within six months of purchase, and LEC credits your electric bill for between $15 and $70.
- Clothes Washers - $30-$70 depending on washer's Modified Energy Factor (MEF) and use of an electric water heater, $20 incentive with gas water heater. Ask your retailer for specific information on each machine's MEF.
- ENERGY STAR® Freezers - $15
- ENERGY STAR® Refrigerators - $15
- Purchase a qualifying appliance and install it in LEC service territory.
- Complete the rebate form, attach a copy of the sales receipt showing the brand name and model number of qualifying appliance(s) and send both to LEC.
- LEC staff validates the rebate form and model information and credits your account.
As a member of LEC, you will receive a monthly copy of Rural Montana magazine, the official publication of the Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association. Rural Montana is published by Montana's rural electric and telephone cooperatives in the interest of better rural and urban understanding of the benefits and the problems of rural utilities.
In the center pages of Rural Montana you will find LEC's 4-page newsletter, News & Views. News & Views includes information about current events, special notices of meetings, stories about co-op customers and much more. It also features regular information about the co-op, including a message from the general manager, and energy and safety information. To view issues of LEC's News & Views, click on the links below. The statewide version of the magazine can be found at http://www.montanaco-ops.com/magazine.