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Oct 27 2011

Efficient Water Heating Technologies Can Save Consumers Nearly $18 Billion

New energy-efficient water heating technologies and practices can save residential and commercial buildings on average 37% more energy than conventional technologies. These energy savings could be worth nearly $18 billion, according to a new study of emerging technologies released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Water heating is typically the second […]

Sep 08 2011

Rice recapturing millions of gallons of water

Rice University has found a way to save 12 million to 14 million gallons of water during this hot, dry summer. The university’s Department of Facilities, Engineering and Planning has implemented several initiatives to save water, including a system in the sciences buildings to capture clean water from the air-handling units and pumping it into […]

Sep 01 2011

Rewards of getting greener: Hotels are getting rebates and saving on utilities

Increasingly, two things happen almost every time water is used at many hotels around town these days — and both are bringing a smile to hotel operators. Not only is less aquifer water being used every time a shower is taken, a toilet is flushed, or a load of laundry is washed, but a hotelier’s bottom […]

Aug 29 2011

Irving ISD opens energy efficient ‘net zero’ school

Irving’s new Lady Bird Johnson Middle School represents not only a place of learning, but a bold experiment and statement about the importance of energy efficiency. At 150,000 square feet, Irving ISD officials believe Johnson will be the largest “net zero”-style middle school in the nation and the first such school in Texas. The term […]

Jul 27 2011

City kicks off toilet giveaway program to save water

CORPUS CHRISTI — Residents have until Aug. 26 to apply for one of about 2,000 high-efficiency toilets the city is giving away to promote water conservation. To receive one, a resident must own or rent a home built before 1994, be in good standing with the utility billing department and agree to recycle the old […]

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 […]

Feb 24 2011

DFW Becomes First WaterSense Airport

New WaterSense Partner Will Yield 5.5 Million Gallons Per Month Water Savings The Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) has recently become the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest WaterSense Partner in EPA Region 6 and the first airport governmental organization to become a promotional partner under the national WaterSense Program. “As one of the world’s […]

Feb 17 2011

Money Incentives for Going Green in Houston

HOUSTON – The City of Houston, in partnership with the GeoTechnology Research Institute/Houston Advanced Research Center (GTRI/HARC) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), is launching the City’s first energy-efficiency incentive program for commercial buildings. Financial Incentive for Going Green The Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (EEIP) will provide a financial incentive to help office building owners, […]

Nov 19 2010

Winter Efficiency Tips

Winter is quickly approaching in Texas and now would be the perfect time to add these easy energy efficient upgrades to your home. Not only will you be more green but you will also be saving money. The money you spend on these projects should easily be recouped by improving energy efficiency and by an […]

May 25 2010

Renewable Energy and the Utility: The Next 20 Years

The focus on the transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency programs and legislation surrounding these areas is spurring tremendous change in the utility industry. A lot of money and effort are being funneled to the research, development and deployment of clean energy technologies. The federal debate over fuels, technologies and the legislation supporting them has […]

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  • "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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