Monday, May 23, 2011

UNISOURCE : UES Announces the BrightSave Home Program

UNISOURCE Enenergy Launches the BrightSave Home Program Offers Home Energy Assessments for $99

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UniSource Energy Services (UES) is now offering personalized home energy assessments for a discounted $99 price to help local residents use less energy and reduce their energy bills.

UES' BrightSave Home program offers a diagnostic, on-site analysis of household energy performance. Participating homeowners will receive a report with recommended home improvements that provide the greatest energy savings. Customers may be able to reduce their heating and cooling related energy consumption by up to 35 percent by following the recommendations of UES' energy experts.

"The BrightSave Home program gives us an exciting new opportunity to work one-on-one with customers who want to use less energy and to reduce their utility bills," said Denise Smith, Director of Demand Side Resources for UES. "Every home is unique and every customer uses energy differently. BrightSave Home takes a scientific approach that will help customers make the changes that work best for them."

During an energy analysis, UES' energy experts will perform an interior and exterior home analysis to evaluate ductwork, mechanical systems, appliances, attic insulation and air leakage. They also will survey homeowners and collect data in order to calculate energy costs and identify long-term energy-saving opportunities that can reduce energy consumption.

The BrightSave Home program's personalized reports will list recommended home improvements and their estimated costs, along with details about available incentives, annual savings and how long it will take to recover the cost of each improvement through lower energy bills. The program website will provide contact information for contractors who have been trained and certified to help with energy-efficiency improvements.

UES' energy experts are certified by the Building Performance Institute, a national, nonprofit organization that develops energy efficiency standards and certifications.

Participants also will receive a Home Energy Savings Kit. For electric customers, the kit includes the installation of up to 10 compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in high-traffic areas and a "smart power strip" that eliminates idle power consumption by automatically shutting off after appliances are no longer in use. For gas customers, the kit includes the installation of a water-saving low flow showerhead and up to three faucet aerators.

While the analysis and Home Energy Savings Kit are valued at more than $300, UES will use energy efficiency funds provided through an existing customer surcharge to make them available for just $99.

Participants' energy savings will help UES work toward the goals established by Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standards, which were approved last year by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The rules require electric utilities to increase the energy savings realized through energy efficiency programs each year until the cumulative reduction in usage reaches 22 percent by 2020. Gas utilities, meanwhile, must achieve savings of 6 percent through such programs by 2020.

Customers interested in scheduling a BrightSave Home energy analysis can get started by visiting or calling (855) 870-0050.

UES, a subsidiary of UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS), provides gas service to more than 146,000 customers in five Arizona counties and electric service to about 91,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz Counties. To learn more, visit

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Online BPI Certification, Only from ThermalStar

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Monday, June 14, 2010

ThermalStar Sun Shield

Currently we are offering discounts for our ThermalStar safety carrier for FLIR Infrared cameras (specifically the B, I, & T Series) and Sun Shields. Subscribe to our e-newsletters (e-mail with the subject line "subscribe") or "like" our page on Facebook to receive the discount promotion.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BPI Classes Resume Next Week

ThermalStar is hosting BPI classes at our facility in Tucson, Arizona beginning June 7th-11th. Contact us for any questions or information regarding enrollment.

Phone: (888) 268-0567
Office: (520) 325-3777

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ThermalStar E-Newsletters Are a Success

ThermalStar is very excited to have started our e-newsletters and featured a special issue dedicated solely to our new Pressure Pan Sets. We would love to have you as a subscriber. Our e-newsletters keep you informed with the latest news in energy-related fields, products & deals, giveaways, energy saving tips, and more! If you would like to join our e-mail list, please send an e-mail to, with the subject line being "subscribe me" and we will be happy to add you.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Pelosi: 'The Home Star Jobs Bill is About Building a Stronger Economy That Works for Main Street and the Middle Class'

Republished from Yahoo! News
Thu May 6, 5:32 pm ET

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following passage of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, providing incentives for consumers to make their homes more energy efficient. The bill passed by a vote of 246 to 161.

"Today, the House took another step forward to create good-paying, American jobs that cannot be outsourced, to lower energy costs for consumers, and to build our clean energy economy.

"The Home Star jobs bill is about building a stronger economy that works for Main Street and the middle class. The legislation will create nearly 168,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing, and retail – some of the hardest hit sectors during the Bush recession. It will cut costs for consumers, decreasing energy bills by up to $500 per year for 3 million families. And it will reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and dirty fuels, cutting energy use equal to roughly 7 million barrels of heating oil in 2011.

"It's not surprising that Republicans offered a poison pill in their motion to recommit – demonstrating, once again, that they are not serious about addressing the top concerns of the American people: job creation, economic security, and energy independence. We will work with the Senate to fix this flawed language and focus the final bill on these critical challenges for our middle class.

"I applaud the Members of Congress who voted for this bill. With bills like the Home Star jobs legislation, Democrats are standing up for Main Street and creating jobs for our middle class and small businesses, while Republicans side with Wall Street, Big Oil, and special interests."

(*Note, we have no political preference or affiliation, we are simply enthusiastic as a company that the legislation passed)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Energy Star Fraud - Beware, Applicable to Homes Too

A new report from the auditing arm of Congress shows that the federal Energy Star program has a sloppy certification process that can be easily abused.

The 18-year-old program, which is administered jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, offers consumers rebates and tax credits on appliances that meet certain standards for energy efficiency.  American consumers, businesses, and federal agencies rely on the Energy Star program to identify products that decrease greenhouse emissions and lower energy costs. Companies use Energy Star certification to market their products to consumers in the hopes they will buy products based on government certification of their energy consumption and costs.

Given the millions of dollars allocated to encourage use of Energy Star products and concerns that the Energy Star program is vulnerable to fraud and abuse, GAO was asked to conduct proactive testing to (1) obtain Energy Star partnership status for bogus companies and (2) submit fictitious products for Energy Star certification. To perform this investigation, GAO used four bogus manufacturing firms and fictitious individuals to apply for Energy Star partnership and submitted 20 fictitious products with fake energy-savings claims for Energy Star certification. GAO also reviewed program documents and interviewed agency officials and officials from agency Inspector General (IG) offices.

But in a report issued today, the Government Accountability Office says its auditors obtained Energy Star certifications for 15 of 20 products it submitted using fictitious companies and individuals. Those certifications led to requests from real companies to buy some products because they had received Energy Star endorsements.

The phony products included a gasoline-powered alarm clock, which was approved by Energy Star without a review of the company web site or questions about the efficiency claimed for it.  Auditors also submitted a geothermal heat pump, which they claimed to be more efficient than any product listed as certified on the Energy Star Web site.  The product was certified and its efficiency data was not questioned. Two bogus products were rejected by the program and 3 did not receive a response. One of the products that an outside company wanted to buy was a computer monitor that had been approved by Energy Star within 30 minutes of submission.

This clearly shows how heavily American consumers rely on the Energy Star brand.

At briefings on GAO's investigation, DOE and EPA officials agreed that the program is currently based on self-certifications by manufacturers. However, officials stated there are after-market tests and self-policing that ensure standards are maintained. GAO did not test or evaluate controls related to products that were already certified and available to the public. In addition, prior DOE IG, EPA IG, and GAO reports have found that current Energy Star controls do not ensure products meet efficiency guidelines.

In 2008 Energy Star reported saving consumers $19 billion dollars on utility costs.  Energy Star is slated to receive about $300 million in federal stimulus money to be used for state rebate programs on energy-efficient products.
Energy Star fraud not only affects products, but your house. Many homes are Energy Star “approved”, while a quick thermal scan can determine whether the house is, in fact, energy efficient. As a licensed home inspector, I have come across many homes that were “Energy Star compliant” but consistently had gaps of missing insulation. Beware of an Energy Star rated home, get an infrared energy audit before investing in a property. 

Below are pictures from home inspections from Energy Star approved houses: