Tucson Electric Power customers can now learn how to save hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs by viewing our Home Energizer Workshop from the comfort and safety of their own home or by scheduling a live, virtual presentation for their small group.

“With customers spending more time at home because of the pandemic, saving energy is now more important than ever, particularly for families facing financial hardships,” said Jennifer Cox, TEP Educational Outreach Coordinator. “People can view the presentation on demand at their convenience from their smart phone, laptop or desktop computer to begin learning how they can save energy and reduce their costs.”

Available in English and Spanish, the 45-minute presentation shares information about how energy is used in a typical home and suggests simple behavioral changes and low or no-cost steps families can take to reduce their annual energy costs. It also promotes money-saving rebates and incentives offered by TEP for energy efficiency upgrades.

Some of the tips included in the presentation are:

  • Changing AC air filters monthly or as recommended
  • Caulking windows and installing weather stripping around doors
  • Running full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer
  • Sealing holes and cracks in air ducts
  • Replacing older appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • Drawing blinds and curtains to keep out the heat in the summer
  • Installing a programmable or advanced “smart” thermostat
  • Planting shade trees on the south and west sides of your home

Besides offering the online workshop on demand, eligible groups of 15-20 adults can request a live virtual presentation by clicking here. Up until now, TEP’s free Home Energizer Workshops were presented only in person to community groups in partnership with the Environmental Education Exchange.

Since 2012, TEP has presented the workshop to more than 400 groups, helping more than 10,000 participants reduce their energy costs. These groups have included churches, homeowners associations, government agencies, courts, nonprofit and educational organizations, and civic groups.

“While we’re unable to go out into the community right now to host workshops in person, the information presented in them is extremely valuable for helping families reduce their energy costs,” Cox said. “Offering the workshops online helps us reach even more customers with energy saving information, and we encourage participants to share the link to the workshop with their family members and friends.”

To access the workshop, visit https://www.eeexchange.org/tep-hew.

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