At Wednesday night's meeting 10/13, Tallahassee Commissioners introduced a new rate program for utility customers. But this isn't your standard billing discount, it operates more like a cell phone plan.
"This gives our customers the opportunity to control our utility cost. We're very, excited about it because we have never had the opportunity to choose what electric rate we pay," says Reese Goad with City of Tallahassee Utilities.
Right now, customers pay a flat rate of 12 cents per kilowatt hour. With the new plan, those who use energy during off peak hours which are 7 P.M. to 7 A.M. and on the weekend, will have their rate dropped to 8 cents.
Tallahassee resident Alex Hager travels forty-percent of the time. He says he thinks this plan will work for him. "I think it's a reasonable program and something everyone should consider. You are saving your personal dollars as well as conserving energy for the city."
While customers might save money if they use energy during the directed hours, if they use it during peak hours, that rate increases to 22 cent which is almost double the normal rate.
"The reality is many of us leave early in the morning around 7 or before 7 and then return after dark. We need a rate plan that quite frankly meets our demand," says Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum.
Utility officials say this program is not mandatory and if you don't like it, you don't have to try it.