Published in “July 2014”

Bounce Energy Summer 2014 Pinterest Roundup

There’s something about summer that’s different from the other seasons, as it often means more time with family and friends. Whether it’s going on road trips, barbecues, celebrations, traveling to new places or trying new things, summer is all about adventure! So, whil [...]

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Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

As you know, living in Texas during the summer can be hot! The average summer temperatures are in the 90's all over the state! Driving our kids around in this heat can be very uncomfortable for our little ones, especially when their car seats heat up. Road trips may be even [...]

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Five Games to Teach Your Kids Energy Efficiency (and Avoid the Summer Heat)

With kids home for the summer and the summer heat in full effect, now is a good time to find ways to teach kids about energy efficiency - for the present and the future.  While it would seem easier to train a monkey rather than teach kids about energy efficiency, there are [...]

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5 Fun Activities to Help Defeat Summer Boredom

The dog days of summer have arrived, and it’s easy to get tired of the same old outdoor activities! After a few cookouts, all the food starts tasting the same. Promises made with friends in the spring to get together are pushed out to the fall. The conversation seems repe [...]

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How Hurricanes Impact You: a Hurricane Preparedness Infographic

Sure, this summer hasn't seen much hurricane activity, and the 2013 Hurricane Season was much lighter than projections anticipated. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared in case a hurricane is headed your way. All it takes is one bad storm to throw your whole world [...]

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9 Fun Family Vacation Destinations in Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York

Growing up, the word "vacation" elicited nearly as much excitement as waiting for Christmas to finally arrive. Going on vacation meant no school and no boring chores to do around the house. Now that I'm planning things, "vacation" doesn’t elicit the same feelings -  just [...]

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Embrace Your Extension Cords with 3 Ideas for Clever Wall Art

In today's homes, an increasing number of electronic devices provides all sorts of entertainment options. However, one dilemma you face with these electronics are the cables:  they are everywhere! A wire spaghetti monster sprouts from your entertainment center, behind y [...]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Tesla!

Take a moment today in front of one of your home electrical outlets and pause in grateful reflection. Nikola Tesla was born on this date 158 years ago in Smiljan, Croatia. Not only was Tesla a mathematical genius, physicist, futurist, engineer, and prolific inventor, [...]

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Have (Responsible) Fun in the Water: 7 Tips for Pool Safety

When I was a kid, the most annoying summer sound was the neighborhood pool lifeguard blowing "TWWEEEEET" on her whistle and shouting, "No running!" Of course, having slipped and fallen a few thousand times since then, I know that painful things happen when you're not [...]

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Life Hacks to Save Money: What to Buy in July

People enjoy life hacks for several reasons, but we like them for their money saving properties. Better yet, websites like DealNews.com and Lifehacker provide lots of money-saving tips on a regular basis, specifically by recommending a yearly timeline of when you should [...]

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