By: Emily Johnson January 23, 2013
Tallahassee, FL – Dropping mercury can mean rising utility bills, I talked with some folks in town on what they do to keep their energy bills down. “We burn a lot of wood in our fire places and we turn the thermostats down and wear a lot of clothes,” said Chip Bragg “I keep my thermostat on about 65, sometimes 60 degrees,” said Di Jacques.
The City of Tallahassee Utilities Department said heating bills could double for January if you’re not cautious of your home’s temperatures. They suggest keeping your thermostat at about 65 degrees. “When the weather is sharply cold it’s very possible to get sharply high bills. We literally dial our bills at the thermostat,” said Bob Seaton, Energy Consultant for City of Tallahassee Utilities. Seaton also recommends using a space heater to prevent a bigger bill in the mail. “You can save by keeping the house temperature lower and keeping personally toasty with a space heater,” said Seaton
Air Control Heating And Cooling in Tallahassee said most of its calls this time of year are “No Heat” calls. They said to have your home heating and cooling system checked in the fall to avoid a “No Heat” problem in the winter. Air Control Heating And Cooling also said if you have gas heat in your home it is very important to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. “Especially with gas or fuel oil heating, because if you do have an issue with your furnace the carbon monoxide detector will normally let you know ahead of time,” said Tim Hawkins, General Manager at Air Control Heating And Cooling.
If your concerned about how much your spending you on your energy bill you can visit the City of Tallahassee Utilities website at http://www.talgov.com/you/yourownutilitieshome.aspx to sign up for a free energy audit.