Get Informed with the “How Hurricanes Impact You” Infographic

Get Informed with the "How Hurricanes Impact You" Infographic

It’s been a slow couple of years for hurricanes here in Texas, and since we had so many visit us  in the decade of the ’00s, I think that’s a good thing. However, the lack of activity doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ready in case something happens. That’s why we devised this helpful infographic entitled “How Hurricanes Impact You.” We’ve collected some useful facts about how hurricanes are formed, how weather professionals talk about hurricanes, and how you should prepare you and your family in case a storm heads your way. You can even download it and pass it around to…

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in West Texas

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in West Texas

This is the last post of our series reviewing the top parks in Texas. We’ve covered some beautiful landscapes around this great state, so it’s apropos that we’re ending with the top parks in West Texas. From the jagged mountains in Big Bend to the beautiful springs in Balmorhea State Park, the western parts of the Lone Star State feature some amazing and inspiring terrains. Here are 4 of the parks that topped our list in West Texas. 1) Balmorhea State Park. It’s the perfect park for summertime primarily because it has the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. The natural pool stays…

Energy News in Your Texas Community – Summer 2014

CREZ April 2014 Map

Good morning! Welcome to the first installment of “Energy News in Your Texas Community” for First Choice Power. We hope to provide this quarterly recap of all things energy occurring across Texas so you can stay informed on important events and developments that might interest you or impact your life in the Lone Star State. Wiring The Wind For a price tag of $7 billion, Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) work (ironically) to reduce energy prices. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported in late June that the CREZ transmission project has reduced instances of curtailments and negative pricing. Curtailments occur…

Reviewing 4 of the Top Parks in North Texas

Reviewing 4 of the Top Parks in North Texas

As we all know, Texas is a huge state, which means we benefit from multiple types of terrain and wildlife. And there’s no better way to take in the beautiful sights than by visiting some of Texas’s top parks. Continuing our series of reviewing Texas parks, here are some of the top parks in north Texas. 1) Dinosaur lovers! Make plans to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. You can find real historic dinosaur tracks in the riverbeds that have been preserved through the ages plus see enormous dinosaur models. Also, there is a trail to guide visitors along the correct path…

4 of the Best Summer Festivals Remaining in Texas for 2014

4 of the Best Summer Festivals Remaining in Texas for 2014

Though Texas summers are so hot the “hens lay hard boiled eggs” (tamu.edu), the heat doesn’t prevent Texans from finding fun and exciting ways to spend those hot summer days. With music festivals, fishing tournaments, and even an ice cream festival, there is definitely an event for nearly everyone.  Here are some of the best remaining summer festivals in Texas you won’t want to miss. 1) The Great Texas Mosquito Festival.  Texas has a lot of mosquitoes – especially in the summer – so the residents of Clute decided, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” The city hosts a weekend-long…

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in South Texas

Reviewing 4 Top Parks in South Texas

Boasting one of the most enchanting and diverse landscapes in North America, South Texas has some parks offering endless opportunities for exploring and adventure. No matter your age or interests, South Texas has a park just for you. 1) Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park One of the top birding destinations in the nation, the 760-acre Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park promises a year-round nature adventure. With an impressive list of 340 species recorded within the boundaries of the park, birding enthusiasts have long flocked here. Birds are especially abundant during the migration in the spring and the fall when thousands…

Catching Up with Texas Baseball Teams at the 2014 All-Star Break

Catching Up with Texas Baseball Teams at the 2014 All-Star Break

With the 2014 All-Star Game occurring tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, today marks the halfway point of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Thus, we thought this would be a great time to recap what’s happened with Texas baseball teams in 2014. Unfortunately, there’s no sugar-coating the facts: it’s been a tough 2014 for Texas baseball teams at the major league level. Up in Arlington, the Texas Rangers have been decimated by injuries this year, in both the lineup and pitching staff. The team currently holds the worst record in the game at 38-57 (.400), standing 21 games…

Reviewing 5 Top Parks in East Texas

The Children

Texas abounds with vast amounts of parks for families to enjoy throughout the year. In this series, we’re going to look at some of the best parks the Lone Star State has to offer, from small local parks to sprawling state and national park facilities. Let’s get out and explore this great state of ours. First up: East Texas! 1) The Children’s Park of Tyler “There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” After the death of their middle child at birth, the Carson family helped create a place of both peace and…

Reviewing the 4 Top Waterparks in Texas

Reviewing the 4 Top Waterparks in Texas

Tired of trying to avoid the heat by staying indoors? Break up the monotony of heat induced boredom by spending it at a waterpark. Here, we’re reviewing the 4 top waterparks in Texas! 1) Schlitterbahn Since first gracing the Texas Hill Country back in 1966, Schlitterbahn has grown into five different locations (including one outside of Texas in Kansas City, KN). This leading light of Texas waterparks has received numerous awards, including the New Braunfels location being honored as the country’s best overall waterpark and the  Galveston Island Waterpark as the best indoor park in 2013 (and for many years prior)…

4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in Texas

4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to our 4th of July fireworks celebrations. In fact, there are some that are so big they’re even ranked among the nation’s top firework celebrations. Whether you live in El Paso, Houston, Brownsville or somewhere in between, there’s sure to be a big Independence Day fireworks celebration nearby to enjoy. Austin: It’s fun for the whole family at Austin’s main Independence Day celebration, the “38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks.” Spend the day participating in a variety of fun, old-fashioned July 4th activities, including interactive games and contests…