TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

TexasIsHot in the News

Coalition has industry and the environmentalists singing from the same hymn book.
Texas Energy Report
February 26, 2010

A 10-month old advocacy organization advocacy whose membership list includes TXU, CenterPoint, Oncor, Luminant, Entergy and the Association of Electric Companies of Texas was described today as offering “a treasure trove of good information” and providing “a great public service.”

So, which well-connected lobbyists were passing out such lavish praise?

Well the first quote comes from Tom “Smitty” Smith of Texas Public Citizen. And the second one was offered by Luke Metzger, who runs Environment Texas.


Both were describing the Texas Is Hot coalition, developed a year ago by energy lobbyist and former state Rep. Curt Seidlits as a way to educate policymakers, business owners and ordinary Texans on ways to save electricity through conservation and efficiency. It’s run day-to-day by John King of Seidlits’ lobby group, Focused Advocacy.

King said the coalition is reaching out to homeowners, business people and has recently partnered with the city of Houston to attempt to change the way people think about energy consumption.

“Energy conservation is the easiest way to save money on your electric bill, and it’s a whole lot easier than trying to build a new coal plant or nuclear facility,” King told the Texas Energy Report in an interview today.

Texas Is Hot’s Web site offers basic tips for reducing consumption, lists of cities and utility companies that offer rebates for energy-efficient appliances and other cost-saving strategies and an “Ask the Expert” box for people to submit questions. And it’s reaching out to younger Texans by way of such social media outlets as Facebook and Twitter.

The site also has an overview of the Texas electric market and explanations of the various fuels used in electric generation, including the renewables sector.

King said the coalition is largely funded by the electric industry, but that it’s also reaching out to the environmental community because the two sides might have more in common than meets the eye.

“The industry knows that it has to meet targets for conservation and efficiency,” he said. “It’s not like demand is going to go away. In fact, it’s increasing as things like plug-in cars come on line and more and more electronic appliances come on line.”

Both Metzger and Smith said they are not formal partners in the coalition, but that they support its aims.

“It’s nice to see that the industry is getting religion, as far as conservation is concerned,” Smith said. “So we see what (Texas Is Hot) is doing as a positive thing.”

Added Metzger: “We like their message. In fact, we re-Tweet a lot of their Tweets.”

By Texas Energy Report

John King highlights Winter Heating Tips for TexasIsHot on his debut for KVUE
January 1, 2010

In 2009 TexasIsHot made many appearances in the News and on the Radio. Some of the articles are no longer active but we continue to highlight and support all of the outlets that help in delivering our message to the consumers.

Oncor program uses solar-powered water heaters
July 10, 2009, Mansfield News-Mirror

It’s a “green” tax free Weekend in Texas
May 23, 2009, Lone Star Texas News

Second Annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Begins
May 22, 2009, Beaumont Enterprise by Heather Nolan

PEC joins TexasIsHot campaign
May 21, 2009, San Marcos Daily Record

It Will be Winter Again, Sooner Than You Think
April 24, 2009, Fort Worth Star Telegram

Website Leads Consumers Down Cost-Cutting, Earth Friendly Path
April 21, 2009, Beaumont Enterprise

Local Men Launch TexasIsHot Website
April 15, 2009, Sherman Herald Democrat

New Energy Efficient Web Site Draws Hits from Eyes of Texas
April 10, 2009, Houston Business Journal

Organization Offers Energy Savings Tips
March 15, 2009, Hill County News

New group urges energy efficiency
March 10, 2009, San Antonio Express-News

TexasIsHot Campaign Aims To Help Texans Save Billions
March 10, 2009, eMediaWire


TexasIsHot on the Radio:

Matt Valdez, TexasIsHot
March 22, 2009
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April 2, 2009
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Matt Valdez, TexasIsHot
March 10, 2009
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Curt Seidlits, TexasIsHot
March 11, 2009
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  • "“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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