TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

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Sep 08 2011

Rice recapturing millions of gallons of water

Rice University has found a way to save 12 million to 14 million gallons of water during this hot, dry summer. The university’s Department of Facilities, Engineering and Planning has implemented several initiatives to save water, including a system in the sciences buildings to capture clean water from the air-handling units and pumping it into […]

Sep 06 2011

Solar Bikini? Oh yeah!

New York designer Andrew Schneider is currently taking very limited orders for his Solar Bikini – beachwear that can also power portable device like media players or mobile phones. Click here to see pictures of the Solar Bikini Those lucky enough to be currently enjoying the Northern Hemisphere summer will no doubt be heading for […]

Sep 02 2011

New Refrigerator Standards the “Coolest Yet”

New Department of Energy efficiency standards will cut the energy use of most new refrigerators by 25 percent and help save consumers money, create jobs, reduce pollution and spur innovation and investment, according to consumer, environment and energy efficiency groups. “Refrigerator standards have been quietly saving consumers money while protecting our environment for more than […]

Aug 29 2011

Irving ISD opens energy efficient ‘net zero’ school

Irving’s new Lady Bird Johnson Middle School represents not only a place of learning, but a bold experiment and statement about the importance of energy efficiency. At 150,000 square feet, Irving ISD officials believe Johnson will be the largest “net zero”-style middle school in the nation and the first such school in Texas. The term […]

Aug 25 2011

Oncor installs its 2 millionth ‘smart’ meter

Oncor Electric Delivery has installed its 2 millionth “smart” meter, in Carrollton, the electric transmission and distribution provider said Monday. “This is a significant milestone in our efforts to install more than three million advanced meters throughout our service area by the end of 2012,” said Jim Greer, senior vice president of asset management and […]

Aug 16 2011

Schlage Creates Remote Home Management Standard with Lennar Homes Schlage LiNK System enables home control, energy efficiency

CARMEL, Ind., Aug 10, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Have you ever left on a vacation and wondered “Did I turn up the air conditioner?” or, “Did I remember to lock the front door?” Have you been at the office and wanted to see if your child made it home safely from school? Now, your next […]

Aug 05 2011

CenterPoint Showcases Smart Grid Technology for Energy Department

It’s another searing summer day in Spring, but the inside of this model home is cool and comfortable.  That’s despite the body heat of dozens of visitors milling about.  It’s part of a demonstration by CenterPoint Energy of how customers can hold down their air conditioning bills without having to suffer. The house showcases smart […]

Jul 27 2011

City kicks off toilet giveaway program to save water

CORPUS CHRISTI — Residents have until Aug. 26 to apply for one of about 2,000 high-efficiency toilets the city is giving away to promote water conservation. To receive one, a resident must own or rent a home built before 1994, be in good standing with the utility billing department and agree to recycle the old […]

Jul 21 2011

How Refrigerator Standards Have Saved Consumers Billions

What’s your favorite late night snack – that go-to treat that melts away the troubles of the day as you curl up in front of the TV? Perhaps it’s a creamy bowl of Rocky Road or maybe some delicious, spicy Szechuan chicken left over from a recent take-out feast. Refrigerator-finds like these may make you […]

Jul 14 2011

Austin Energy offering more rebates

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Energy will provide an additional $200 bonus starting Friday and continuing through Sept. 30 for residential customers who make all the recommended “whole house” energy-efficiency improvements. The bonus adds up to an average of $700 in rebates when all the recommended improvements are made at once. In total, customers are eligible […]

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  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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