How to Thank the Military, Ideas for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a special time to think about the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and for our freedom. Often times I think the true reason behind Memorial Day gets over shadowed by BBQ’s and other festivities, and we tend to lose sight of the true importance of the day. This Memorial Day, lets take time to remember our fallen soldiers and thank those men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.  Here are some ideas on how to thank the military this Memorial Day. Fly an American Flag. …

Creating a Memorial Day Hot Dog Bar

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When it comes to Memorial Day BBQ’s the first thing that comes to mind are hot dogs. How American is a perfectly grilled hot dog paired with a tasty beverage to wash it down? This Memorial Day keep the traditional hot dog, but add some pizazz by creating a hot dog bar with these helpful tips. Think outside the bun. While the classic ketchup and mustard dog is a must, mix things up with your hot dog bar by introducing unique hotdog combinations.  For example, Bonappetit.com has a list of nine unique hot dog ideas that range from manchego cheese…

Rangers and Astros Monthly Update

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Hi baseball fans! It’s time again for a monthly update on the Texas Rangers vs. the Houston Astros. As we’ve learned, the Astros have had a number of disappointing seasons since their move to the American League in 2012 (and before) with 2012 being their third consecutive year of 100-game losses. As for this season, the Astros are full of young new talent, which has surprisingly turned the tide for the ‘Stros earlier than most thought. Currently they are ranked first in the American League with 21 wins and 13 losses. As for the Rangers, they are coming off of…

Texas Catches a Tax Break on ENERGY STAR Appliances this Memorial Day Weekend!

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Barbeques, relaxing with friends and family, an extra day off and most importantly, remembering our veterans who served this nation, are all reminders that Memorial Day is just around the corner. Along with the three day weekend often comes big sales from retailers and if you’re in the market for new home appliances, you’re in luck. This year the state of Texas has issued a 2015 ENERGY STAR sales tax holiday over Memorial Day weekend that begins at 12:01am on Saturday, May 23 and ends at 11:59pm on Monday, May 25. High energy usage products with the ENERGY STAR label…

9 Ways to Save During Your Move

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The busiest time for moving to a new Texas home is between June and Labor Day. Not only is there the anticipation of living in new surroundings but also the chaos of packing and transporting everything you own. As if that isn’t enough, there’s also the headache from the expense. In spite of all that, there are ways that you can save money when you move to your new Texas community. With a little planning and organization, you can take advantage of our nine ways to save during your move. 1   Plan and organize your move. Sit down with a…

This Summer’s Top Texas Vacations

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Unlike many family destinations on either the East Coast or the West Coast, Texas has a bit of a heat-related stigma that makes it stand out as a place to avoid during the summer.  But let’s get one thing straight: Texas is the sort of place you’ll want to be this summer for some wholesome fun and a lifetime of memories, all close enough to home that you can avoid the expenses of airfare and rental cars. Let’s begin with a classic Texas destination, Corpus Christi.  The Texas Gulf Coast has a long and storied tradition of spring time and…

Best Hiking Spots in Texas Use Your Energy Outside, Save it Inside

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It’s May, which means we only have a few more weeks left of pretty spring weather. It’s important we use these remaining days to spend as much time outdoors as possible before the hot and humid Texas summer hits. Not to mention, the more we’re outside, the less we’re inside and using energy. What better way to spend time and energy outdoors than hiking around Texas? Here are some of the best hiking spots in Texas to use your energy outside and save it inside. South Rim in Big Bend This hike takes you along the beautiful landscape of Big…

Best Ways to Celebrate Cinco in Texas

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Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday for people of Mexican heritage. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s surprising victory over an invading French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican Army was led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Seguin was born in the state of Coahuila and Texas (near present Goliad, Texas). Not only did roughly 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeat the well-equipped 6,000 strong French force but they also proved that the Mexican Army could take-on and beat the frijoles out of a formidable European army (the French Army had not been defeated for…

Texas Summer 2015 Energy Outlook

NOAA predicts May-June-July temperatures for Texas will be below normal.Image courtesy NOAA.

It’s almost May and for Texas, that means it’s practically summer! If you’re trying to plan your summer budget, you know that summer brings those often expensive summer cooling costs. But in Texas, electricity costs are driven by more than just the weather. The electricity industry itself can complicate things, and this year is no exception. So, to help you get a feel for what’s coming, here’s our Texas Summer Energy Outlook. Texas Weather Forecast The good news is that the state can expect a cooler summer. NOAA predicts that Texas temperatures will remain below average for May, but become…

Renew with First Choice Power Today Before the Texas Heat Arrives

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May is quickly approaching, which means the Texas heat will soon be here. While the weather these last few months has been wonderful, Texans know unfortunately it’s not going to last. The summer is coming, but before the intense heat hits, have you renewed with First Choice Power? If not, then be protected from high energy bills by renewing with First Choice Power today before the Texas heat arrives! If you haven’t renewed your contract already then now is the time to take advantage of First Choice Power’s low energy rates. As the summer heat sets in, the high demand…