TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

City of Corpus Christi Joins the TexasIsHot Coalition

Partnership aims to educate Corpus area residents about the benefits of energy efficiency and promote area conservation initiatives and programs.

AUSTIN, Texas – The City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition to provide area residents with an online forum that provides the information and tools they need to decrease energy use and lower their electric bills in the process. Corpus area residents can find relevant news and information here.

“We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition,” said Mayor Joe Adame. “ 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. With the existing budget issues affecting our city and our state, every little bit counts and we are putting a lot of time and effort into energy efficiency initiatives. We look forward to utilizing this partnership with TexasIsHot as a resource to achieve our energy efficiency goals.”

The TexasIsHot Coalition has one mission – to change the way Texans view their energy use. In addition to community outreach and regular e-mail newsletters, the Coalition manages a comprehensive Web site that includes the latest news concerning energy efficiency and consumption-related technologies, quick and easy efficiency tips, information regarding public and private rebates and incentives, interactive tools to analyze personal energy use and better understand the financial benefits of conservation, as well as an online portal that allows consumers to compare and choose electric provider products, services and rates.

“We are excited that Corpus Christi joined the Coalition,” said John King, a TexasIsHot Coalition spokesman. “We look forward to working with City officials to provide the citizens of Corpus Christi with the information and tools they need to most effectively reduce their electric bills.”

Corpus Christi recently received more than $3 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to complete nine energy efficiency projects, including energy audits of city buildings, coordination of traffic signal timing, weatherization assistance, and a rebate program for high-efficiency toilets. The partnership with TexasIsHot will help promote these initiatives and ensure residents take advantage of available discounts and rebates.

Area Representatives applauded the new partnership. “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,” said Representative Solomon Ortiz, Jr. “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.”

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who represents the Corpus Christi area and serves on the Senate Natural Resource Committee also was encouraged by the partnership.

“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.”

About TexasIsHot 
The TexasIsHot Coalition’s goal is to educate consumers about how to be more energy efficient and take control of their energy consumption and electric bills. The coalition website –www.TexasIsHot.org - provides the latest energy efficiency news, quick and easy tips to conserve electricity, and interactive tools to show the financial impact of small changes in daily life. The coalition also provides regular e-mail updates and other educational forums to put Texans in control of their energy use and costs.

Coalition members include: AECT, CenterPoint, Entergy Texas, Luminant, the Pecan Street Project, Pedernales Electric, SaveOnEnergy, TXU Energy, The City of Corpus Christi, The City of Houston, and Time Warner Cable.

Testimonials
  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "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
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "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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