May 23, 2023 - If you walk over to your thermostat and set it at 78 degrees or higher this summer, you will have taken the No. 1 step toward lowering your utility bill. “At GRU we promote the cooling setting of 78 degrees or higher during summer months,” says Gainesville Regional Utilities Residential Efficiency Program Coordinator Brandi Shatto. “When outside temperatures exceed 90 degrees, your home will feel nice and cool at 78.”
“The more your A/C runs, the more electricity it’s using and the more electricity it’s using, the higher your bill could be,” Shatto says.
As summer approaches, GRU is encouraging customers to take advantage of free home surveys conducted by the utility’s Energy & Business Services Department. These surveys help identify low- to no-cost potential ways to save energy and water throughout the year but can be particularly helpful in the summer. READ MORE.
GRU COMMITTED TO RELIABLE SERVICE
May 15, 2023 - With a bill that would create a new independent board to oversee Gainesville Regional Utilities on the governor’s desk, GRU General Manager Tony Cunningham is ensuring customers, employees, vendors and all other partners that a change in governance would not alter the utility’s obligation to deliver safe and reliable services and honor all agreements.
“Our duty is to provide essential everyday services like electric, water and wastewater treatment at all times, day or night, rain or shine, 24/7/365,” Cunningham says. “Make no mistake, every one of our employees is aware of this and committed to fulfilling this responsibility. That is our sole focus.” READ MORE
DRINK UP, GAINESVILLE
May 10, 2023 - In conjunction with Drinking Water Week, the 2022 Water Quality Report is here! Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is proud to serve our community safe and high-quality drinking water. The water that flows through the pipes of our Gainesville community comes from the Floridan aquifer and is treated at the Murphree Water Treatment Plant to ensure its quality and safety. The Murphree Water Treatment Plant provides our Gainesville community with nearly 25 million gallons of water every day, and it operates around the clock. READ MORE
GRU METER UPGRADES PROGRESSING
May 5, 2023 - Gainesville Regional Utilities has installed or retrofitted approximately 19,500 electric, water, and gas meters or modules this year as it moves forward with its Meter Upgrade Project. These new units will allow customers to track energy usage and water consumption more effectively.
As GRU continues to install digital meters, or what’s technically known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), here is what you need to know: READ MORE
GRU UPGRADES TRANSFORMER
May 1, 2023 - GRU and contractors from Rountree Transport & Rigging moved a 114,000-pound transformer into place Monday, May 1, at GRU’s Sugarfoot Substation.
The transformer, which replaces a 50-year-old model, is part of a seven-year project to upgrade GRU substations with higher-capacity, more efficient units that can accommodate system growth and improve reliability. Transformers “step-down” the power from high-voltage transmission lines to make the electricity safe for homes and businesses. READ MORE
GRU LOWERS FUEL CHARGE
March 23, 2023 - GRU is reducing its electric fuel adjustment and purchased gas adjustment charges beginning April 1, bringing well-timed relief to customers as summer approaches. A residential electric customer using the industry standard 1,000 kWh will save $15 on their monthly bill. GRU makes no money on fuel charges; these are pass-through costs used to cover the utility’s fuel expenses. READ MORE