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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 http://www.tlc.wateratlas.usf.edu/ . 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 Talgov.com/YOU. 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, http://www.tlc.wateratlas.usf.edu/ , call 891-8533 or visit the City's website at Talgov.com. 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 Talgov.com/ 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 Talgov.com/YOU, 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. MAY CALENDAR 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. Talgov.com/YOU 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 Talgov.com/Gaines. 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 Talgov.com. 891-4968, or visit Talgov.com/YOU.
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