Tucson Electric Power Co. residential customers can learn how to cut their power bills by joining a free program that allows customers to closely track their power usage.

Through the new TEP Power Partners Project, advanced monitoring equipment is installed at the customer’s meter by program partner Tendril Inc. and used to capture energy consumption data from customer meters at least every 15 minutes.

That data is analyzed and used to prepare personalized energy-saving strategies, and participants will be able to use Web and mobile dashboards at any time to see how and where energy is being used in their homes.

Participating customers can receive goal-setting and performance-tracking tools, personalized energy-efficiency suggestions and expert advice, TEP says.

The new TEP Power Partners Project is being funded through a $500,000 U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Data Access Award and administrative funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, with matching funding from TEP and Colorado-based Tendril.

Initially, TEP and Tendril will seek participation from 700 customers who participated in an earlier Power Partners initiative, plus 1,000 additional customers. TEP customers can sign up for the program by visiting tep.com

The utility has about 400 to 500 openings remaining, TEP spokesman Joe Barrios said.

Read more of this story Monday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.