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Jan 25 2012

Ten Years of Texas Electric Utility Deregulation

Texas has the oldest and most successful deregulated electricity marketplace in the U.S. A decade ago, deregulation was rolled out by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in the wake of California’s $45 billion partial deregulation fiasco. By 2008, 80 percent of Texas registered voters favored a competitive electricity market, and, by 2010, 55 […]

Jan 03 2012

New Codes Aim to Cut Energy Use in Texas

The international symbol for Texas’ energy-guzzling habit is a monster pickup truck — pulling another pickup truck. But homes and other buildings are also big offenders, accounting for roughly 40 percent of the state’s overall energy use. The opportunity for savings — and to draw down some energy-related federal stimulus dollars — has spurred action. […]

Jul 08 2011

10 Power Cords That Are Always in the Way

  The convenience of electric appliances is great, but those darn power cords can be a problem. They’re always getting tangled up, hooked on things, knocking stuff over, tripping you up and coming unplugged. More and more items are now available in cordless varieties, like phones and power drills, but here are ten things with […]

Jul 07 2011

Saving Money through Texas Energy Efficiency Investments

As one of the fastest growing states in the US, Texas is challenged with increasing its productivity and it can do this by increasing investments in energy efficiency initiatives that can save both residential and commercial users of Texas electricity literally billions of dollars over the next two decades. Seems like an impossible task? According […]

Jun 22 2011

Texas’ Green Collar Operations Recognized With the 2011 Home Performance With Energy Star Century Club Award

(FPRC) — Green Collar Operations is pleased to announce that it has again received the prestigious 2011 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Century Club Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This Century Club Award recognizes Green Collar Operations as one of a select few that have improved the […]

Jun 17 2011

State-Level Energy Efficiency Policies Are Working

Two new studies show that states across the country are reaching or exceeding their energy savings goals established through Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS). From 2004 to 2010, 24 states followed the lead set by Texas and Vermont in establishing an EERS, a policy that sets long-term energy savings goals for electric and natural gas […]

Mar 31 2011

Home technologies with national buzz that conserve water and electricity increasingly find way into Central Texas

Taking shape about three miles east of downtown is Sol Austin, a sustainable community of 40 modern homes being built with technologies that make them capable of achieving net-zero energy, which means they can produce as much energy as they use. So far, 22 of the 24 finished homes are occupied. “It’s starting to really […]

Mar 25 2011

Energy Efficiency Standards Save Texas Schools Money

On March 16 the Texas House Energy Resources Committee heard testimony on HB 775 from Rep. Rafael Anchia.  HB 775 would further enable school districts to reduce energy and water consumption, which saves money and improves the air quality of Texas schools.  As public schools are facing grim budget decisions saving money on energy means […]

Mar 22 2011


Investments Would Provide Cheaper Energy than Creating New Power Plants Washington, D.C., (March 22, 2011) —- Investments in energy efficiency in Texas can meet the state’s growing electricity needs while saving businesses and households $14 billion on utility bills and creating 47,000 local jobs per year by 2030. These are the results of a study […]

Mar 18 2011

States Working Toward Increased Energy Efficiency Will Create More Jobs

This post is made possible by energy-efficiency specialists WellHome and their Home Weatherization Giveaway Sweepstakes. Take a quick visual quizof your home’s energy use to see your potential yearly savings. Hurry! For your shot at a grand prize of $2500 in energy efficiency upgrades, enter by March 20! Neopor: an innovative insulating material In August 2010, the […]

  • "“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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