6 Easy Tips to Prepare Your Texas Home for Winter

6 Easy Tips to Prepare Your Texas Home for Winter

With the recent blast of arctic cold pushing the temperatures in Houston all the way down to 32°F on November 18, many Texans are dreading the coming deep, dark months of January and February. This past week’s cold weather will have given you some really good clues about where to start reducing your energy use and improving your home’s efficiency. So, instead of bitterly dreading the coming cold months, let’s look at our six home improvement tips to prepare your Texas home for the rest of winter. 1)  Replace worn-out weatherstripping. One of the easiest ways to find drafts in your…

5 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Texas-Style

5 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Texas-Style

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means it’s almost time for family, friends, and lots of food. While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving generally the same way, Texans tend to put our own spin on this holiday of thanks to make it more our style. So here’s how we celebrate Thanksgiving: Texas-style. 1) Fry That Bird! When it comes time for Americans to sit down to eat their Thanksgiving feast, many meals feature an oven-baked turkey. Not Texans – we feast on a beautifully deep-fried turkey. After eating just a bite, a plain oven-baked turkey will never taste as good as one with…

3 Destinations for Fall Foliage in Texas

3 Destinations for Fall Foliage in Texas

Having been brought up in the Northeast United States, fall foliage means stunning vistas of rolling hills filled with a breathtaking array of colors – for several weeks and months. Moving to Texas was a bit of a shift with regard to the seasons, and I honestly thought the beauty of autumn would be lost for me. Much to my surprise, Texas possesses some of the post-pumpkin color spectacles that signal the gradual approach to Christmas – if you know where to look. To help with your search for the yellows, reds, and oranges of the season, we’ve collected 3…

5 Helpful Tips for Saving Energy when Renting a Home

5 Helpful Tips for Saving Energy when Renting a Home

If you’re renting a house or an apartment, autumn in Texas is usually the season that’s easiest on your electric bill. While much of the northern half of the country is shivering with from frosty fall temperatures, most of Texas is still enjoying moderate weather. Normal fall temperatures in Houston range from daytime highs in the mid 70′s to night time lows in the mid 50′s. Still, autumn is also nature’s way of telling you that the temperature will go down —and your energy bill will go up. If you’re renting a house or apartment in Texas, you face limits…

Energy News in Your Texas Community

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This month, our Texas Energy News is all up in the air with mining pollutants from the sky, the future of solar farms and if panels will be painted out, and why ERCOT and a pair of Houston generator companies are getting all strung-out over a transmission line to power Houston. Texas Company To Mine the Sky…? On October 21, Skyonic Corporation opened the Capitol SkyMine. The world’s first “commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization facility”, the SkyMine captures CO2, SOX, NO2, and mercury and other heavy metals from generator flue gases and turns them into hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate (baking…

3 Scary Stories from Texas for Halloween

3 Scary Stories from Texas for Halloween

For someone like me, October is not a great month. I am terrified of all things scary, so commercials for the newest horror movie, haunted houses, and even fake ghosts and goblins hanging in people’s yards are “real” enough to keep me curled up in the fetal position as soon as night falls. But what’s even more terrifying than those are the scary stories about Texas that have been told throughout the years. Whether these stories claim to be real or fiction, they are beyond creepy. However, for those of you out there who love a great horror story, we…

6 Great Ideas for Texas Fall Décor

6 Great Ideas for Texas Fall Décor

It’s finally fall in Texas: one of the best times of the year in my book. And that means it’s time to break out the fall decorations – flowers, pumpkins, wreaths…I can’t wait! Using the same decorations each year keeps decorating easy, but after years of use, your favorite pieces probably have started to look a little haggard. Thus, we’ve devised 6 great ideas to freshen up Texas fall décor Texas-style. 1) Accessorize with Pumpkins Texans seem to love pumpkins, and they are an easy way to introduce “fall” in your home. Start  by piling a group of pumpkins of varying…

3 Must-See Fall Festivals across Texas

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Americans from all corners of our country can relate to a great fall festival. No matter how we experience the change in weather, there’s a universally understood sense of transition from the endless summer days into the excitement of the holiday season. Fall festivals are a great way to take part in time-honored traditions filled with live music, amusements, and the best food you’ll come across all year! Texans knows how to have fun, and autumn is no exception!  So, let’s have a quick look at a few of the big fall festivals taking place across Texas this October. 1)…

3 Must-See Pumpkin Patches in Texas

3 Must-See Pumpkin Patches in Texas

I love Autumn! It is probably my favorite season in Texas. The leaves begin to change colors, the weather finally cools down, and there are pumpkins everywhere! After a hot, Texas summer, our family welcomes the cooler temperatures and spends as much time outdoors as we can. I always look forward to visiting the pumpkin patches & corn mazes every fall – enjoying a hot cup of  apple cider while my son searches for the perfect pumpkin. Fortunately, pumpkin patches are plentiful in Texas!  However, there are a few pumpkin patches that stand out above the rest, and I am hopeful…

Refer Your Friends & Get Rewarded with First Choice Power!

Refer Your Friends & Get Rewarded with First Choice Power!

There are plenty of nice things you can do for your friends. You can pet sit, cook them dinner, run errands for them – and now you can help pay their electricity bills AND yours with First Choice Power! When you refer a friend to First Choice Power through our Refer-a-Friend program,  you’ll get $5 off your bill for every month up to 36 months. On top of that, your friend will get up to $60 in bill credits to help pay their first bill – just for signing up! With each friend you refer, you can earn up to…