Tucson Electric Power (TEP) presented TEP BrightEE Awards to customers and contractors that took advantage of TEP’s cost-effective energy efficiency (EE) programs to achieve significant energy savings.
- Winner: Non-Profit Organization — Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity homes are designed and built to incorporate principles of energy efficiency and sustainability. HVAC systems are designed to meet federal government Energy Star specifications, and all Tucson homes contain CFL and LED bulbs. TEP is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, donating volunteer time and thousands of dollars each year to support the organization.
“This year’s TEP BrightEE award recipients realized remarkable energy savings through our energy efficiency programs,” said David G. Hutchens, TEP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “They offer great examples of how TEP can help customers achieve their energy saving goals.”
Affordability is the key to helping our neighbors become successful homeowners.
The dream of home ownership can only be a reality for many of us if the ongoing cost of home ownership doesn’t break the bank. We realized early on that an energy-efficient home that reduces monthly utility bills is crucial.
Habitat for Humanity Tucson stands out in terms of its green building standards, as each home it builds is designed with energy-efficient practices in mind. Habitat Tucson’s building practices far exceed city and county building codes. Each window Habitat Tucson installs is .30/.30 dual-pane, and Habitat Tucson fits solar screens on east, south and west facing windows. Home heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to meet federal government Energy Star 3 specifications, and each HVAC unit is located in a semi-conditioned attic. Insulation is rated at the R-19 level, and roofs at the R-38 level.
Through our ongoing work, we have seen that cutting energy waste saves money and builds community wealth. It reduces the burden on households as energy prices rise, and it increases the value of real estate in our community. We have learned all this through experience and we believe that many others living in inefficient housing in Tucson can too. Tucson Electric Power has many programs and rebates that will help defray the cost of upgrades, and they have been a good partner to Habitat Tucson.