Green Energy & Texas—A Heavenly Earth Day Match

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In 2014, roughly 11.4% of electricity used in the ERCOT region of Texas came from green, renewable energy sources. While that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of electricity, the the actual generation amounts show something incredible: • 7 million ERCOT consumers used 340 billion kilowatt-hours. • green, renewable sources generated approximately 38 billion kilowatt-hours of that consumer demand. That’s a HUGE amount of renewable energy being produced. Texas ranks second nationally after California in renewable energy production. While California has long been perceived as the renewable energy leader during the past 7 years, the output from Texas renewables has…

7 Road Trips to Celebrate Springtime in Texas

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Springtime is one of the best times in Texas. The weather is beautiful and the bluebonnets are at their peak. Road trips are a must during this time of year to take in the amazing sights and enjoy the endless amount of outdoor activities. Here are 7 road trips to celebrate springtime in Texas. Hike to Gorman Falls. Who knew we had an exotic, paradise-like waterfall in Texas? It’s Gorman Falls, located within Colorado Bend State Park, in the hill country. The park is beautiful on it’s own without the hike, but if you’re already there why not take the time…

Rangers vs. Astros

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  I have to admit, I am not a baseball fan.  I typically pass on invites to a game, unless the rare opportunity arises to sit in the Diamond Club (at Minute Maid Park), where I am more entertained with the buffet, the possibility of being on TV, and the occasional celebrity spotting (George and Barbara Bush).  That being said, I do like a good ole’ fashioned rivalry, and the playoff environment it creates – it can make a fan out of just about anyone.  In Texas, there are few greater rivalries than that between Houston and Dallas.  While our…

Home Runs for Everyone! 6 Tips for Enjoying Baseball in Texas, When You Don’t Love Baseball

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March kicks-off America’s favorite past time, baseball. With Major League Baseball teams like the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros and countless minor league and farm teams around Texas, it’s no surprise that there are many baseball enthusiasts around the state. However, if you are anything but enthusiastic when it comes to the game, but know or love a baseball enthusiast, you may find yourself in need of finding some ways to enjoy the sport.  If that is the case,  here are six tips I have found to enjoy baseball in Texas. Tip #1. Go to a game, and be…

Summer is Coming: 5 Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Texas Home

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Summer is coming, Texas! And while the heat and humidity might be a welcome thing after this past winter, it will quickly wear out its welcome and add more to your energy bill. But don’t get yourself steamed up. To prevent your summer cooling costs from boiling over, we’ve got five ways you can keep a lid on them by improving your home energy efficiency. And they’ll work all year ‘round, too. 1. Air seal your home.     Air sealing your home means finding and sealing places where outside air is getting into your home. In the summer, drafts add…

5 Spring Home Improvement Projects for the Lone Star State

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Spring’s arrival offers everyone the opportunity for renewal, and that includes renovating and improving your Texas home. Whether it’s new doors, a room renovation, or just landscaping, now’s the time to add some convenience and some value to your home. Where to start? Let us help you out. Some of these projects may require advanced skills if you try to tackle them yourself. Remember to research your project thoroughly before you start, and if you think it might be over your head, talk with a professional. 1. Install a sun tube to bring natural lighting inside your home. A sun tube…

Into the Blue! Where and When to View Bluebonnets in Texas

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Spring in Texas is a magical time. For a few weeks we are spoiled with fantastic weather, sunshine, and best of all the Texas bluebonnets. There’s no sight quite like seeing the Texas roadsides blanketed in a sea of blue. And the thing that goes hand in hand with bluebonnets is seeing a family or two pulled over on the side of the road trying to take pictures of their children sitting among the flowers. But what if you didn’t have to stop along a busy road to see and enjoy these special state flowers? Here is the low-down on…

7 Top Texas Museums to Visit over Spring Break

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With spring break quickly approaching, many parents are trying to make plans to fill the week up with activities, road trips, or other events to keep kids entertained. As it turns out, Texas is home to some fantastic museums located all around this great state. If you are looking for ideas on what to do, keep the learning going this spring break with these seven top Texas museums to visit. Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 (512) 936-8746 Located in Austin, Texas’s capital, it’s no wonder why this Texas History Museum is one of the…

8 Great Spring Break Road Trips Across Texas

8 Great Spring Break Road Trips Across Texas

If you want to plan a fun Spring Break trip for your family, but expensive airfare costs stop you, then a great Texas road trip may be the perfect option! Texas  has a million of different activities to take advantage of – as long as you don’t mind driving a bit. From watching stingrays and dolphins in Corpus Christi to hitting the rapids in Big Bend, here are eight ideas to consider for your next Spring Break road trip across Texas. 1) Austin  This is THE hot spot for many music lovers as it hosts the annual SXSW (South By…

9 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Active Duty Military Personnel

9 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Active Duty Military Personnel

More Texas military families live in privatized housing than ever before. The unpredictable Texas weather makes it difficult to keep home energy consumption within the approved Utility Allowance for a given home type. To help ease your frustration, we’ve collected nine things you can do to reduce your energy use – and maybe even get some money back. 1) Save on Heat and Cooling When your family heads out during the day, set back your thermostat for heat to 64°F (or 80°F when the air conditioner is running). Simply put: there’s no reason to heat or cool an unoccupied house.…