Energy Audits Helping Tallahassee Residents Save on Utility Bills

The City of Tallahassee has an energy audit designed for residents who are looking to save a few dollars.

Mamie Footman is learning how to read her meter, all part of the city of Tallahassee’s free energy audit.

"I've learned that if it's going really fast, you're burning more energy than you need to,” Footman says.

“We can see things that you live in a house 20-30 years and not even know there's a problem and we can catch it,” explains Energy Services Representative Mark Piland.

Like your heating and cooling units which Piland says consists of 68-percent of your consumption.

The solution, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees.

"Everything that you cool below 78 is an additional 10-percent more per degree,” Piland adds.

One great way to control your air conditioning costs, making sure your attic insulation is up to code.

“That's the cheapest thing you can do to lower your consumption in heating and cooling is attic insulation,” says Piland.

Energy saving isn't limited to air and heating units. You can also cut your costs by keeping the temperature down on your water heater, also insulate the unit's metal piping, but the best way to get all of the tips unique to your home, sign up for your own energy audit.

“I think everyone that's able to do it should take advantage of this program,” Footman adds.

If you're worried about taking the time out of your day for an energy audit, Piland says that the whole process takes between a half hour and an hour depending on the size of your home.

The city offers all sorts of programs for low income residents ranging from ceiling insulation grants to programs designed to help weatherize your home, but the first step towards all of them is an energy audit.