TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

EARTH DAY IS HERE!

Texans Can Take Advantage of Promotions and Resources in Celebration of 40th Anniversary

Below are several Earth Day events and resources you can take advantage of today. While not all are related to energy efficiency, an overall change in behavior will ultimately impact energy consumption, so we are happy to promote increased environmental stewardship – in whatever form – on this important date.

Sears Celebrates Earth Day with 30% off All Energy Star Qualified Appliances! Even if you were not able to secure an appliance rebate coupon, you can still save significantly on energy efficient appliances that will help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. More.

HEB Giving Away 250,000 Reusable Shopping Bags, Four Hours ONLY: H-E-B is giving away 250,000 reusable shopping bags with plans to eliminate 1.5 million plastic bags from circulation. The program is taking place simultaneously at all H-E-B stores across Texas where the company will give away 250,000 reusable shopping bags statewide in a four-hour period – from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m only. More.

Austin Earth Day – “Give 5% back to Mother Nature”:If you are in the Austin area, dozens of local businesses have vowed to give 5% (or more in some cases!) of their gross sales on Earth Day back to select regional non-profits who help our community and our environment. More.

“Billion Acts of Green” for the iPhone or Facebook:Make a pledge to improve the environment with Earth Day Network and Future Friendly’s “Billion Acts of Green” global grassroots campaign, which enables consumers to make a pledge to improve their environmental impact and promote other environmentally-beneficial habits to friends and family via social media channels (we pledged to turn off our lights when we leave each day!) Their goal is to collect one billion pledges. More.

U.S. Chamber’s BCLC is featuring 70 examples of business partners engaging in environmental stewardship, not just today, but every day: Learn about how companies from all industries – from Abbott, Allstate, and ARAMARK to Siemens, Shell, and Southwest – are minimizing their environmental footprint and advancing sustainability. More.

AARP “Five Minute Ways to Go Green” Online: Find topics like: donate your cell phone to a non-profit; reduce post-consumer carpets in landfills; set up a book exchange at work; tell a friend that is appliance shopping that they can research energy-efficient models here; and more. More.

Disney Store Earth Day Freebie: Disney Stores will give away free Friends for Change and OCEANS branded “eco-friendly hats” to guests who bring in six plastic bottles or aluminum cans today while supplies last. Made from six recycled plastic bottles, the hats are an example of how everyday materials can be reused for entirely different purposes. More.

Honoring Earth Day can start with a few simple steps around your own home

Seal drafty windows and doors: A home can lose about 50 percent of its heat or cool air through drafty windows and doors.

Use energy-efficient appliances:The average household can save up to $400 annually by using energy-efficient appliances.

Replace light bulbs: One fluorescent bulb can save approximately $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in six months.

Raise the thermostat:Households will save up to 3 percent per month in energy costs by raising the air conditioner thermostat for every degree above 72 degrees.

Make energy-efficient home improvements: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 extends, expands and simplifies the federal income tax credits for homeowners who make energy efficiency home improvements. The law extends the consumer tax benefits through this year. –> More.

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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