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Dec 08 2011

Houston wants to help residents trim energy waste: City offers tips to save costs with the Home Energy Audit

Feel a draft around your home’s electrical outlets? If so, you’re wasting energy. Even if you cannot feel air moving, you still could have a leak. Here’s another way to check: Hold a feather or piece of lightweight string in front of outlets, switch plates, window frames, baseboards, fireplace dampers, kitchen or medicine cabinets or the attic […]

Dec 07 2011

Fostering Sustainability in Houston

As somebody who makes a living on environmental sustainability, Laura Spanjian could have done a lot worse than San Francisco. “Obviously that’s a town that’s extremely environmentally friendly,” Spanjian says. “It’s so easy to do environmental work in San Francisco.” So it was kind of a leap when Spanjian left her post at the San […]

Aug 05 2011

CenterPoint Showcases Smart Grid Technology for Energy Department

It’s another searing summer day in Spring, but the inside of this model home is cool and comfortable.  That’s despite the body heat of dozens of visitors milling about.  It’s part of a demonstration by CenterPoint Energy of how customers can hold down their air conditioning bills without having to suffer. The house showcases smart […]

Apr 28 2011

Houston’s eco-achievements are mounting

Houston’s mayor wants people to get outside. “We’re trying to find more ways to get people out of doors,” Mayor Annise Parker said at an Earth Day Breakfast held outside City Hall earlier this week. That effort includes everything from encouraging residents to grow vegetable gardens — the city grows herbs and vegetables in huge […]

Mar 24 2011

Reliant Energy Powers 20 Days of Rodeo with 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Company purchases renewable energy credits to meet Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo electricity needs (BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time in its 79-year-history, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy thanks to Reliant Energy. Reliant has purchased Texas renewable energy credits (RECs) to meet the estimated electricity usage the […]

Sep 15 2010

Ford and CenterPoint Energy Team Up To Prepare Houston Area for Electric Vehicles

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and CenterPoint Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE: CNP), electric transmission and distribution subsidiary today announced a collaboration to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and CenterPoint Energy will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on […]

Sep 10 2010

Electricity and Hurricanes

Hermine has passed through the state, but she did quite a bit of damage before she left.  There are more storms in the forecast starting as early as next week.  Make sure you are prepared and know how to stay safe around electricity when storms hit.  Here is a great video with Floyd LeBlanc from […]

Aug 25 2010

Texas Power Plant Using Combined Heat and Power Technology Dramatically Increases Efficiency

A sweltering August day in Houston, Texas, provided the perfect backdrop for yesterday’s dedication of Thermal Energy Corporation’s (TECO) new combined heat and power plant (CHP) serving institutions at the Texas Medical Center, the largest and one of world’s most prestigious healthcare campuses. The new 48 MW CHP plant enables TECO – an International District […]

Jul 19 2010

Can a National Energy-Efficiency Program Work in Texas?

Kate Galbraith, The Texas Tribune. June 19, 2010 – A national program to encourage energy-efficiency and solar in homes is generating interest in Texas, even as it has encountered setbacks in Washington. The program, known as PACE (short for Property-Assessed Clean Energy), essentially allows homeowners to pay for energy improvements through increased property taxes — […]

Apr 30 2010

Southwest Power and Light Announces New Plant-a-Tree Electricity Plans

Southwest Power and Light is pleased to introduce its new Plant-A-Tree Plans, under which a tree will be planted for every 1,000 kWhs used by enrolled customers. Southwest Power and Light’s Plant-A-Tree Plans will be added as part of its continued effort to offer innovative low-price electricity service in the State of Texas and beyond.“The […]

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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
  • "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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