TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

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Jul 08 2011

10 Power Cords That Are Always in the Way

  The convenience of electric appliances is great, but those darn power cords can be a problem. They’re always getting tangled up, hooked on things, knocking stuff over, tripping you up and coming unplugged. More and more items are now available in cordless varieties, like phones and power drills, but here are ten things with […]

Jun 28 2011

Texas Home buyer Announces: Top 10 Green Tips to Improve Your Home’s Resale Value

‘Green Living’ is the buzz word that can be heard almost daily.  Going green is an effort to make a positive impact on the environment. Making green choices has become a daily reality for many people who strive to do their part in saving and conserving resources and being good stewards of planet Earth. These […]

Jun 14 2011

US Energy Secretary Announces Five Million Smart Meters Installed

During a White House Grid Modernization event, United States Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of Recovery Act-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the nation’s electric grid. Nearly 90 percent of the meters installed to date are in Florida, Texas, California, […]

Jun 09 2011

EcoFactor: Using big data to reduce home energy by 17%

EcoFactor, a startup that uses big data tools to act as a new brain for connected thermostats, has some stellar results from ten different trials where it automated the process of turning up and down consumer’s thermostats. The company, which launched at the end of 2009, says that on average its services can reduce a […]

Jun 08 2011

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $15 Million for Next Generation Energy-Efficient Lighting

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced nearly $15 million to support eight new research and development projects that will accelerate the development and deployment of high-efficiency solid-state lighting technologies like LEDs and OLEDs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have the potential to be ten times more energy-efficient than conventional incandescent […]

May 25 2011

Top 10 Tips for Renters!

Even if you rent an apartment, townhouse, or a home, you can make a big difference, too! These tips will show you how to be more energy efficient and save energy, money, and reduce the risks of global warming. If there are things you can’t change on your own, share these tips and encourage your […]

May 17 2011

Texas ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday May 28-30, 2011

Your old appliances and energy-hogging equipment could be wasting hundreds of dollars in energy each year. Take advantage of the Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday during Memorial Day Weekend and get a break from state and local sales taxes on the purchase of select ENERGY STAR appliances and products. You could save hundreds of […]

May 03 2011

Energy Saving Tips: Appliances

Experts estimate that kitchen and laundry appliances account for about one-third of a household’s energy consumption, and heating and cooling make up another 31 percent. While its no big surprise to any of us that it actually costs money to run these devices, we may still occasionally be dismayed when we take a peek at […]

Mar 31 2011

Home technologies with national buzz that conserve water and electricity increasingly find way into Central Texas

Taking shape about three miles east of downtown is Sol Austin, a sustainable community of 40 modern homes being built with technologies that make them capable of achieving net-zero energy, which means they can produce as much energy as they use. So far, 22 of the 24 finished homes are occupied. “It’s starting to really […]

Mar 28 2011

Pecan Street Aims to Crack HAN Nut: RFI open to home energy management vendors

With DOE grant money in hand, the Pecan Street Project, based in Austin, TX, is aiming to spur the evolution of grid-connected home energy management with a project it calls the Energy Internet Demonstration. Housed at the University of Texas, the project team is allocating half a million dollars to run up to five home […]

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  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
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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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