TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

Reduce Your Energy APPetite!

Energy saving smart phone apps are the new buzz for both eco-friendly and budget conscious consumers.When asked recently what is it going to take to get people to cut their energy usage, an energy company marketing executive’s response got our attention:

“The first thing you’ve got to admit to yourself is that energy is a low-interest category… regular people do not want to sit around thinking about energy efficiency all day long.”

The point is that while educational efforts are critical to changing consumption habits – energy efficiency needs to be integrated into our daily routine in order to truly become second nature.

Yeah, there’s an app for that…
One easy way to infuse energy efficiency into your daily routine is energy-related smart phone applications. From consumption monitoring and appliance calculators to collectible green tips, a variety of apps are available to help you better manage your energy usage. And, these apps are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of energy innovation. As Bill Gates recently stated, the energy business is one of the key industries that will “compete for being exciting in the decades ahead”.

Just a few examples of energy saving apps:

  • Green Outlet: Enter in your appliances and estimated usage, and it predicts your energy bill. It provides ideas on where you can cut back energy use by showing you which appliances are costing you the most. While adding up the financial cost of your appliance use, Green Outlet also adds up your household Carbon Footprint. $2.99
  • My Usage Mobile: If you have a smart meter, this app allows you to check out your home energy and water usage data anytime, anywhere. It is a free service from Exceleron Software, a smart grid usage monitoring and prepaid utility service. This will help you better manager your carbon footprint, your resource usage, and your monthly bills. Free.
  • MeterRead: Somewhat manual in usage but you can use MeterRead to log your electric meter’s readings and use them to predict your electrical consumption, and thus, your upcoming bill. With each reading you record, you get up-to-date stats on your energy use and an estimate of how many kilowatt hours you’ll burn for the next 30 days. $0.99
  • Green Tips: This app displays a tip at launch. Hit the refresh button for more tips. Features include: User submitted Tip of the Day, Tips are rated by the community, Feature Tips, Recent Tips. Search includes more than 1000 tips. Free.

Link to more energy saving apps.

TexasIsHot in the Community – TexasIsHot recently participated in the Austin Climate Protection Expo which highlighted ways to conserve energy, calculate carbon footprint and test drive eco-friendly vehicles.

 

TexasIsHot was also interviewed by KVUE news to discuss ways that Texans can save energy and money during the cold winter days.


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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