TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Works: Use Less, Save More

Question whether energy efficiency will save you money? Just look at how much Texas businesses, organizations and cities are saving and investing in efficiency measures.

A recent headline read: Continued Investments in Energy Efficiency Good For BusinessThe article was about how companies in Texas and across the country are “continuing to invest in energy efficiency and to incorporate sustainable practices that will lower their future carbon emissions while creating jobs and helping their own bottom line.” Since TexasIsHot focuses on YOUR bottom line, this last point is particularly important. Energy efficiency will save you money – but don’t take our word for it – see for yourself below. Reducing business-related energy use is particularly important in Texas because it accounts for more than 60% of our state’s energy consumption.


Efficiency Projects Save Texas Instruments $5.1M 
Texas Instruments saved $5.1 million last year byundertaking 159 projects designed to save energy, water and other resources.

Saving Energy Saves EPISD Millions
We’ve heard how going “green” can save the planet, but how about your cold hard cash? El Paso Independent School District officials say it’s saving them about seven million dollars a year.

AT&T Collaborates With GE to Switch to LED Signage More Energy Efficient Lighting 
AT&T is expected to save more than 5.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. Because GE LEDs are up to 80 percent more energy efficient than commonly used neon, the new lighting system will also provide AT&T with financial savings.

Farmers develops ‘green’ homeowners insurance policy in Texas
“This is quite literally an investment in our global future.”Customers who add Farmers’ “Eco-Rebuild” option to their homeowners’ policies will have access, as part of claims, to $25,000 to rebuild or replace a home using “green” materials, upgrade qualified homes to meet Energy Star requirements and be reimbursed for recycling debris rather than disposing of it.

HEB gets greener with solar power
“We are continually pushing for more energy efficiency all across our stores.” The company has a history of experimenting with energy-saving measures, Lockett said. Programs that began on a trial basis, such as freezer lights that turn on only when a customer opens the door, are now common in new stores.

USAA Real Estate once again honored for energy efficiency
San Antonio-based USAA Real Estate Co. is the only real estate company in America that has won seven Energy Star awards. Nationwide, American saved $19 billion on their energy bills last year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an equivalent of 29 million vehicles by investing in Energy Star products, services, new homes and buildings, according to the EPA.

HDTV WINNER!
TexasIsHot.org would like to congratulate Karen Wickwire of Round Rock. Karen is the winner of the TexasIsHot.org drawing at Time Warner Cable’s Movies in the Park event for an Energy Star EcoHD 42” LCD Television.

We would like to thank everybody who took the time to visit the website, sign up for the newsletter and participate in the drawing. As the summer continues on please remember to check www.TexasIsHot.org for great tips on how to use energy efficiency to save money.

STAT OF NOTE
Consider Texas, the nation’s biggest single-family home market and the epicenter of the Energy Star program. Some 32,000 Energy Star houses were built last year in Texas — five times as many as in the No. 2 Energy Star state, Arizona. Fully 41% of all new single-family homes built last year in Texas got the Energy Star label, according to the EPA. 

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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