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Electric metering system begins

Chris McClendon has been testing the program. (Source: WALB) Chris McClendon has been testing the program. (Source: WALB)
Melinda Crook has been working on launching the program. (Source: WALB) Melinda Crook has been working on launching the program. (Source: WALB)
There is an app on cell phones to monitor accounts. (Source: WALB) There is an app on cell phones to monitor accounts. (Source: WALB)
The city of Blakely will try a new metering system. (Source: WALB) The city of Blakely will try a new metering system. (Source: WALB)
Residents will be able to log into their accounts on their phones. (Source: WALB) Residents will be able to log into their accounts on their phones. (Source: WALB)
BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

Summer is here, and to stop overheating, it is easy to lower the air conditioning.

But it is then difficult to save money and pay bills.

The city of Blakely is trying to help residents reduce utility bills in a program that is all online. 

Currently, Blakely residents put down $150 deposits down for electric service.  If a resident has gas, it can be as high as $220.

But with a new metering system, resident's electricity will work just like a prepaid phone. 

It will only have a deposit of $50.

Melinda Crook is the city clerk.

"The whole idea of it was to come up with something that could save the citizens of Blakely money," said Crook.

Not only will residents save money on the deposit, but they can actually monitor electrical usage online.

"They can actually track their usage on a daily basis and they can become more aware of what they are using in their home," said Crook. 

They have even created an app on cell phones. 

Water Sewer department head Chris McClendon is one of two people who have been testing the program in their own homes. 

"I'll be sitting in the chair and the kids will be in the back and I will run back there and say hey cut this light off," said McClendon. 

McClendon especially likes the email and text message alerts. 

"It emails how much power you have left, how much you have used and the graph is excellent," said McClendon. "You can get on there and see what you used daily."

Right now, the city is still testing the program to make sure it runs smoothly. If things go well, in  the next four months, the program will be available for all residents. 

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