UBT General Manager, Gerald Long was on a live simulcast with D.J. Booty Rush, involving radio and television.
He visited the studios, managed by Patrick Wallace, to reach the audience that listens to WUBZ 100.7 and the viewers that tune into Tuskegee cable access television channel 181.
It’s part of an ongoing effort to help customers manage their consumption and related utility bills. He thoroughly explained the advantages to www.MyUsage.com. He told listeners and viewers that with MyUsage, you can see how much electricity your home is using each day and see the actual cost.
Typically, consumers don’t realize how much electricity they have used or how it will affect their finances until their bill arrives. By then, it’s too late to adjust how you live in hopes of lowering the bill. MyUsage puts more control in your hands. When you review your account on MyUsage, if there has been a spike, you can change the circumstances that contributed to the increase. For example, on a hot day you may have set the air conditioner at 65 degrees. To lower the bill, you may, raise the thermostat to 74 degrees and set it to cycle off when the house reaches that level. Remember, you save an average 3% for every degree you raise the temperature. MyUsage can help you make prudent decisions about utility consumption to lighten financial impact.
In 2012, UBT initiated system-wide deployment of smart meters that improved data collection, real-time monitoring, outage detection and power restoration. This state-of-the-art system also allowed UBT to automate meter reading. This was the first step in a major modernization of the utility system that now includes pre-pay and My Usage.
Pre-pay is similar to putting gas in your car: You pay for it before you use it. You can purchase small amounts every few days or “fill up” the tank and not worry about it for several weeks. When your supply is low, you simply purchase more. Because you pay for utility services in advance, the pre-pay program does not require customers to have a security deposit. There are no monthly bills, no late fees and no disconnects for non-payment.
These are two separate programs that work hand in hand to help you get a grip on utility bills. With pre-pay you manage costs. With MyUsage, you manage daily consumption. You can choose to have both, just one or neither. UBT will continue the longstanding practice of customer payments after the bill has been received. Pre-pay requires signup at the UBT office located at 101 Fonville Street in Tuskegee.
MyUsage is an app that can be downloaded onto your smart phone or computer. Both programs were available as of October 1, 2017.