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Thoughts and Prayers for Jefferson Parish, LA during Hurricane Barry

  We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our clients Jefferson Parish and the state of Louisiana during the oncoming Hurricane Barry. The storm is expected to make landfall this weekend and evacuations have already begun. If you or anyone you know are located in the the area and need to find […]

Join Us for ‘The Ins and Outs of Utility Bill Audits’ Webinar with Abraxas – Aug 8th

  TriStem is partnering with Abraxas to host a webinar on ‘The Ins and Outs of Utility Bill Audits.”  This is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to get the inside scoop on how utility bill audits are conducted. We will be going over valuable lessons in the audit process that all energy consumers […]

Happy Birthday to Our Founder, Joe Seeber

Happy Birthday to Joe Seeber the founder of TriStem! He founded TriStem in 1979, and has continued to advocate for utility bill consumers ever since! We are one of the oldest utility bill auditing companies in the nation. Joe also wrote the book Wired for Greed – The Shocking Truth About America’s Electric Utilities. His […]

TriStem wishes everyone a Happy Memorial Day!

  VETERAN – An individual who has signed a blank check to the United States, to honor, protect & defend our country, and agrees to pay in full, even if the payment results in losing their life.    Approximately 1.2 million veterans gave their lives defending our freedom from 1775 to Present. This Memorial Day, we […]

TX Counties & Schools: Need Revenue? Conduct a Utility Bill Audit!

Texas Senate Bill 2 Property Tax Cap Funding for schools and counties in Texas is a hot topic these days. Since state lawmakers of the Texas Legislature announced a bill, SB2, that will cap property tax growth at 2.5%, school districts and counties are worried. In recent years, school funding has shifted from the state […]

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct a Utility Rate Analysis

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1. You Have Multiple Meters If you have multiple electric or water meters, it is a good idea to have a utility bill audit performed. Multiple meters are billed a variety of rates. Rates are based on each meter’s usage, load, and meter size. Therefor factors that go into calculating each meter’s bill can be […]

Lower Your Electric Bills at the Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show

TriStem is going to be at the 49th Annual Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show in Waco, TX tomorrow, January 31st, 2019, hosted by the Waco Chamber. It is located at the Extraco Events Center from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We are excited to be there and share our services with the agriculture industry. Farmers […]

Telecom Audits

TriStem will perform a review and tariff analysis of current and prior billings for telecommunication service received and paid by the client or related agencies. TriStem will review the client-provided invoices and other pertinent records and will order other billing records as needed directly from the vendors, thus lowering client time required. In most cases, the […]

Utility Bill Audit & Cost Recovery Project Approach

TriStem strives to accomplish the following objectives for each of its clients: Save your organization’s valuable time by conducting a comprehensive audit on your behalf; Enhance your organization’s revenue by securing refunds of overbilled utility services; Reduce future expenses by correcting ongoing errors and implementing savings opportunities; Educate your organization on utility billing practices and regulations applicable to your specific region […]

“He’s Got a Sharp Eye for Blunders”

Here is a great Waco Tribune-Herald article from 2002 about TriStem founder Joe Seeber. The article showcases how Tristem has built a reputation on fighting to win our clients what is owed to them. We have made this our priority for nearly 40 years and the results speak for themselves. Read below: Mans Waco-based company […]

Streetlight Audits

  For most local governments, streetlighting is one of the largest monthly electric expenses. Utilities charge a flat rate for unmetered streetlighting, which varies for each unit depending on the lamp wattage and type, fixture style, type of pole, and ownership. Unfortunately, utility companies are often negligent in record keeping protocols necessary to maintain accurate bills for […]

Case Study: Dallas ISD Utility Bill Audit

In April 2009, an agreement was executed between the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and TriStem for an audit of the ISD’s past electric, gas, water and sewer bills. The project was completed in 2011. Following is a summary of the tasks completed, refunds obtained, and savings identified for the school district. ELECTRIC ACCOUNTS At […]

Top 3 Reasons to Conduct a Utility Bill Audit

Check out this AWESOME video from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce about utility bill audits. I’m not sure what utility bill audit firm they partnered with to do the video (it wasn’t TriStem), but it is a very informative video nonetheless! Most people have never heard of utility bill audits, or think that what we […]

Gain Confidence and Save Money in the New Year with a Utility Bill Audit!

Are you searching for ways to save your organization money this year? Is worrying about your utility bills affecting your self-esteem? You might be surprised to find a stack of cash sitting in your utility bills. Let us show you what we can find! Gain peace of mind by letting TriStem take care of your […]

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 […]

Good Luck to Our Street Light Auditors in Jefferson Parish!

I just wanted to send a quick shout-out to our street light field workers in Jefferson Parish today. They travelled from Waco, TX to Jefferson Parish, LA earlier this week to perform a field check for the street light audit we are doing for the Parish. They are doing a great job checking the lights to make sure […]

7 BIGGEST OVERSIGHTS BY PUBLIC FINANCE OFFICIALS WHEN TRYING TO REDUCE UTILITY COSTS

According to a study conducted by the Government Finance Officers Association, one of the top challenges faced by public finance officials is the struggle to balance decreasing revenues with increasing costs of services. Entities are continually searching for ways to stabilize or reduce expenditures, including utility costs which can make up 15% or more of […]

City of Killeen Street Light Field Work

TriStem recently completed a review of the City of Killeen and the City of Copperas Cove’s guard lights. As a part of our audits, we go out in the field to check the accuracy of the our clients’ lighting bills. These field visits are always full of surprises! We found several broken lights and a strange twisted light. Approximately […]

Article Describes Fraudulent Websites in the Texas Deregulated Electric Industry

Over 10 years since our founder, Joe Seeber, published Wired for Greed, the electric industry is still ripe with fraud. This article talks about deceptive websites pretending to be the official State of Texas Power to Choose website. It’s sad that certain companies are taking advantage of those who are not familiar with the electricity market. Watchdog: […]

Electric company charges woman for street lights for 25 YEARS! Returns $10,000 in overcharges

Here is an interesting article about a woman who was unknowingly paying for 2 street lights on her block.  Did you know that municipalities are frequently billed incorrectly on street lights? A majority of our clients have street light billing errors.  Electric companies are not always the best at keeping their records straight… http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/electric-company-charges-woman-street-lights-25-years-returns-10-000-overcharges-article-1.1136350

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