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Happy Monday! Start the Week with Some Inspirational Business Quotes

It’s Monday! Let’s start the week off with some inspirational quotes. Have a good week!

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And this one only applies to us TriStem utility bill auditors…

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Need to Increase School Revenue? Here is a Creative Solution

TriStem attended the Waco Chamber’s lunch power hour today, which discussed school finance issues. Unfortunately all schools are not equally funded in the State of Texas. Fund are distributed disproportionately across the state.

Aside from funds not being distributed equally, the funds themselves are actually decreasing. According to the Equity Center research, State funding to schools in Texas is steadily decreasing and this poses a problem to schools as local funding is relied on more and more. The state has increased funding for schools in the 2018 year by only $6.5 million dollars, while $3 billion is actually what is needed to accommodate the increase in student population in the state.

Creative solutions will be needed to solve the school finance problems in Texas. TriStem can help under-funded schools obtain much needed revenue. TriStem can audit your utility bills to see if you have been overcharged in the past and due refunds. We also check for ongoing savings measures that can be implemented to save you money on your bills going forward. We audit the following bill types your school pays:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water/Sewer
  • Waste
  • Telecommunications

Recent refunds obtained for audits we have performed for Independent School Districts in the State of Texas total $552,102. Annual savings obtained total $221,896.

Our utility bills audits are risk free. You only pay us a percentage of the refunds obtained and or savings obtained during the audit. Call TriStem today for a free preview of your bills!

1-800-234-7937

Thank you to Waco Chamber and the Equity Center for shedding light on school finance issues we are facing today.

Equitycenter.org

Wacochamber.com

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#schoolfinance #utilitybillaudits

Happy Valentine’s Day & Water Saving Tips You’ll Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our clients, partners, friends, and families! Aside from electric savings, TriStem also helps businesses and organizations with water bill audits. The water industry is facing many obstacles today such as repairing the aging water infrastructure and recovering increasing operational costs. As a result, some municipalities have increased water rates as much as 50% in recent years. With water costs on the rise, we’d like to share some conservation tips you can use for your business or your home!

  1. Install low flow devices on your faucets. Low flow devices use 1.5 gallons per minute versus older devices which use 2.2 gallons per minute.
  2. Get new toilets. Newer efficient toilets use 2 gallons per flush, while older toilets use 5 gallons per flush. This can add up to saving thousands of gallons per year.
  3. Reduce landscape water use. Consider harvesting rain for landscaping. Leftover drinking water can also be reused to water plants.
  4. Sweep instead of hosing off areas. Many businesses hose down areas which wastes a lot of water. Consider alternate cleaning methods.
  5. Inform employees and family members of water saving measures. Post flyers and notes in bathrooms and kitchen areas reminding employees to be conscious of their water usage.
  6. Check your bills. Check for leaks and study utility bills to see if there have been any spikes in water usage. Contact plumbers ASAP and the utility company to see if part of your bill can be reduced during a leak.
  7. Stay on top of repairs. Don’t let that faucet drip any longer. Get it fixed today! Check other pipes for leaks and have them repaired.
  8. Set conservation goals. If objectives aren’t written down, they don’t exist. Figure out how much you want to reduce your water usage, write down the goal and benchmark your progress each month.

-TriStem, Utility Cost Recovery & Savings Experts

 

FERC Rejects Rick Perry’s Plan to Prop up Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants

The U.S. Secretary of Energy received a lump of coal this Christmas. There are several articles in today’s news reporting that the FERC has rejected Rick Perry’s plan to help out struggling coal and nuclear plants. This is good news, as it shows that the FERC is acting responsibly and rationally by not giving into political pressures to save the dying coal industry. Natural Gas is the new king of the energy jungle, with renewables coming up not far behind. This is also good news for the environment. Thank you, FERC.

News Article:

http://www.engieresources.com/ferc-unanimously-rejects-plan-to-prop-up-struggling-coal-nuclear-plants

Letter from Rick Perry to FERC:

https://energy.gov/downloads/secretary-rick-perrys-letter-federal-energy-regulatory-commission

 

Behind the scenes look into America’s Electric Utility Industry

Indecisive about what to get for your loved ones this Christmas? Grab a copy of Wired for Greed. Co-authored by Tristem Ltd. CEO Joe Seeber, this book gives an in-depth look to what goes on behind the scenes in America’s electric utilities industry. A great gift for any family member!

Amazon Link:

http://a.co/3qqrAKt

Wired for Greed website:

http://www.wiredforgreed.org

TEPA Annual Conference 2017

TriStem attended the The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) Conference last week. We had a great time and were able to learn new things about the industry and ways we can help our clients. My personal favorites were the speeches by Sayun Sukduang – President & CEO of Engie Resources, and Brian Habacivch – Principal, Commodities Management Group, Constellation Energy.

Here are the take-aways from each speech. First off, Sayun Sukduang:

His speech was the most inspirational and set the conference off right. The underlying theme was our responsibility as energy professionals to make a difference. We are the connectors between the consumer and the utility company. We hold utility companies accountable and educate consumers. Engaging and connecting consumers is the key to unlocking environmental and economic wealth. The energy industry is wasteful. A delay or increase in demand of power leads to a new power plant being built. Sometimes billion dollar power plants are used once or twice, just to satisfy a temporary need. We can solve these congestion problems in different ways. The consumer doesn’t hear about or see the power plants being built, and is left ignorant of the environmental waste. It is all done behind the scenes. There are ways we can use the infrastructure we have now more efficiently instead of creating waste. As energy consultants, we must engage and educate consumers about these issues and influence utility companies to solve these problems in a different way.

Next up: Brian Habacivch.

I didn’t realize until half way through his speech, that I had spoken with him in the breakfast line. He told me the raspberries had no taste compared to wild raspberries up north. Once I realized it, I told my co-worker, it’s the raspberry guy!

We learned first and foremost that crop circles are not made by aliens. They are made by humans. There are videos of humans getting giant boards and creating them. This was news to me.

Then he went on to talk about the fascinating Shale Revolution that has been going on in the US for the past several years. The Shale Revolution (commonly known as fracking) has led to the U.S. being the world leader in natural gas production. According to Brian, the U.S. is now the King Kong of energy. This is amazing considering that 10 years ago we looked to the Middle East with fear, pondering when the world would run out of fossil fuels. Isn’t that why we had all of those wars over there? We wanted their oil right? The whole time it we had a fossil fuel lying right under our noses in the cracks of a dense rock called shale.  Pennsylvania is now the largest natural gas producer in the country. They produce enough energy to supply both Germany and England. Ten years ago, this was unheard of.

Why is this important to the electric industry? Because natural gas prices are low and they control energy prices. Natural gas is being used more and more to create energy. We can use this information to engage our customers to look at the market and see how it affects not only their bills, but the economy and the world around us.

Lastly, a slide show of interesting scenes from the conference.

See you next year!