Tips on Lawn Watering by MarvinGolden


									                                                                                                                                           APRIL 2009
City-County Water Atlas
Now Online
                                                             UNDERGROUND UTILITIES

                                                       Tips on Lawn Watering                                                               INSIGHT
                                                          Now that the weather has gotten warmer, your lawns
    The City of Tallahassee and Leon County            and gardens need attention. Here are some tips from
recently launched a new comprehensive natural          Your Own Utilities.
water resources website. The Tallahassee-Leon          G Water in the early morning, when temperatures and
County (TLC) Water Atlas site provides a one-stop        evaporation rates are low. Watering your lawn during
source for citizens, educators, students and             the heat of the day can actually harm the grass. Scald
professionals to access data and information about       or burn damage can occur when the hot sunlight hits
local natural water resources. The TLC Water Atlas       water droplets on leaves. At night, the cool, moist
is located at                                            conditions create an ideal environment for lawn .                     diseases to develop.
    The online Water Atlas incorporates user-          G Remember that 30 minutes twice a week is all your
friendly technology to view data, such as local lake     lawn needs. To measure, apply 1/2 to 1 inch per
and stream water quality reports and rainfall            watering. You can gauge the amount with a cup or
levels. It also includes information on virtually        rain gauge set within the sprinkler pattern.
every known water body within Tallahassee and          G Be sure to water when the grass begins to wilt. At this
Leon County and features details about                   point, individual grass blades fold inward and the
recreational opportunities and a library of              lawn will look dull and grayish. When you can see
scientific and educational materials on water            footprints after walking across your lawn, it's wilted
resource issues.                                         and time to water.
    To help promote the online Water Atlas, the        G Irrigating deeply and only when necessary will ensure
City and County are holding a Grand Opening              a healthy, deep-rooted lawn. Watering too often
Photo Contest. To enter the contest, citizens            results in a weak, shallow-rooted lawn that becomes
simply have to submit their favorite photos of local     less tolerant to drought and dependent on frequent
natural resources, waterbodies and wildlife by           watering.
posting them directly on the Water Atlas website.         For more information on using water wisely, visit
The first-place winner will receive a Wakulla River
guided kayak trip for two from Wilderness Way.                                                                                                 Residential energy efficiency
The second-place winner will receive free
admission and a riverboat tour for four to Wakulla
Springs State Park. Photos may be submitted
                                                                                                                                               can help you save even more!
through May 15.                                                                                  INSIGHT is published monthly by
    For more information, please visit the Atlas                                                   the City of Tallahassee’s Department        >>>
                                                                                                   of Communications to inform citizens
online at                                                       about City services and related items of interest. For more information, ,                   call 891-8533 or visit the City's website at If you require an
                                                       accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in a
or call the City of Tallahassee’s Water Resources      program, service or activity, please contact the appropriate City
Engineering Division/Stormwater Management at          department. For persons using a TDD, please call 711.
891-6860 or Leon County’s Engineering Services         Requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance.
                                                       Sign language interpreters require 10 days advance request.
Division at 606-1500.
                              >>> >>> >>>                    FROM THE FRONT
          ENERGY TIP

       Home Energy Improvements                               Residential energy efficiency can help you save even more!
                  For Summer                                   Beginning this month, utility customers                                      Florida, providing substantial benefits for our
                                  Winter’s history, and     will see some relief from high fuel prices.                                     local environment. The City has purchased
                               the long, hot Tallahassee    Customers receiving electric and natural gas                                    contracts for lower natural gas prices over the
                               summer is right around the   service can expect a decline in cost by                                         next 18 months that will help reduce prices
                               corner. Save money on        about 10% and 20%, respectively. This is                                        into 2010.
                               your utility bill with       especially welcome as the hot weather of                                           However, the City still encourages you to
                               energy-efficiency upgrades   summer approaches.                                                              use less. The City of Tallahassee Utilities offers
to your home. Visit the City’s website at          Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil                                   numerous "Energy Smart Plus" (e+) programs
YOU for Energy Smart Plus loan, grant and rebate            fuel, and the City uses natural gas to                                          to help customers keep their electric
programs, or call Your Own Utilities at 891-4YOU            produce more than 95 percent of its                                           consumption as low as possible. These include
(4968) for more information.                                electricity. Our power plants are the cleanest in                      free energy audits, rebates for new natural gas
   Here’s a closer look at six of the 27 energy measures                                                                    appliances and Energy Star® electric appliances, a popular
you can finance through the City’s Energy Efficiency                                                                        ceiling insulation program and low interest loans.
Loan Program. Rebates also apply.                                                Changes are Coming                            For information on the lower electric and gas rates and
   Electric heat pumps: Energy efficient all-electric                                                                       the various City of Tallahassee Utilities energy efficiency
   heating and cooling. In winter a heat pump transfers                           to Gaines Street                          programs and offerings, as well as a variety of energy saving
   outdoor heat into the house. In summer it reverses,                                  As part of the Gaines Street        tips, visit, or call 891-4YOU (4968).
   moving heat from inside to outside. Loans are                                     Revitalization Plan, the City will
   available up to $10,000 for high efficiency systems;                              rebuild Gaines Street as a 2-way,
   rebates are available up to $350.
   Electric central cooling, natural gas heating: Cool
   your house with a high-efficiency electric central air
   conditioner. Heat with either a gas furnace or with a
                                                                                     2-lane street with limited on-street
                                                            parking from Woodward Avenue to Monroe Street. The
                                                            work along Gaines Street is part of the City Commission’s
                                                            goal to create an 18-hour, pedestrian friendly downtown.

                                                                                                                            13 City Commission regular meeting at 4 pm
   gas "combination appliance" using a powerful gas         During the coming years, as the economy improves and            18 Community Redevelopment Agency Board
   water heater to heat your water as well as your          development demand increases, this vital link between                meeting at noon
   house. Loans to $10,000, AC rebates to $350 and          downtown and our two major universities will become an          18 Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency
   gas furnace rebates to $700.                             urban corridor with public art displays, businesses and live/        meeting at 1 pm
   Tank or Tankless natural gas water heaters. If your      work spaces.                                                    20 City Commission workshop at 3:30 pm
   family needs more hot water, consider a gas water            Crews from the City’s Electric Utility have already
                                                            begun work to prepare for the change, and construction is
                                                                                                                            25 Memorial Day holiday; administrative offices
   heater. But if you want continuous hot water,
                                                            anticipated to begin by early June on underground sewer              closed (City solid waste collection schedules
   consider a tankless gas water heater. Rebates to
   $675.                                                    and water lines, as well as resurfacing portions of the              change during holiday weeks – please visit
   Natural gas clothes dryers. Gas dryers finish faster     roadway. Sidewalks and landscaping will also be added.      for information on schedule
   than electric for about 30% less cost. Clothes come      During construction, portions of Gaines Street will be               changes during the Memorial Day holiday week)
   out feeling softer with fewer wrinkles. Rebates to       completely closed during overnight hours, though access to      26   Joint City-County Comprehensive Plan 2009-2
   $200.                                                    local businesses will be maintained. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.,          workshop at 1:30 pm in the County Commission
   Refrigerators. Today’s refrigerators are more than       two travel lanes will be open, one in each direction.                Chambers, fifth floor, Leon County Courthouse
   twice as efficient as older models made before 1993.         For more information on the project’s progress, please      27   City Commission regular meeting at 4 pm
   $75 rebate for Energy Star®‚ certified refrigerators;    visit Visitors to the site will be able to
                                                            sign-up to receive project updates via email. In addition,        All meetings are held in the City Commission Chambers, located on the
   $40 rebate for Energy Star® freezers.                                                                                       second floor of City Hall (300 S. Adams St.), unless noted otherwise.
   Solar water heating systems. Use free energy from        the City will use social media options to help keep citizens    Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. City Commission
   the sun to provide most of your hot water needs.         informed. Look for information and updates by following          meetings are shown live on WCOT, the City's government access channel,
                                                                                                                            Comcast Cable channel 13, and replayed the following Thursday at noon and
   $450 rebate for qualifying freeze-protected systems.     GainesStreet on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Gaines               7:30 pm, and the following Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Call the
   For more information, call Your Own Utilities at         Street on Facebook. Project updates will also be available       Department of Communications at 891-8533 for more information or view
                                                            on YouTube and WCOT Channel 13.                                   the current City Commission agenda via the Internet at
891-4968, or visit

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