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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Since the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, electricity has been as indispensable a tool as fire. As a science and technology, it leap-frogged humans from the Industrial age to the Electronics Age to the Information age. As an industry, it has played both [...]

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Get Out of the House and Keep Your Family Cool with These Five Activities

Whether you’ve been watching the news or stepped outside for one minute, you know it’s hot in Texas. Yes, it’s been warm over the past few months, but with temperatures stuck in the triple digits, we’ve reached a new level of hot. Plus if you have kids at home for t [...]

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Reduce Your Energy Usage Today to Help the Texas Electricity Grid

Summers in Texas can get pretty unbearable, so we all enjoy blasting cold air to combat the heat and humidity bearing down upon us. But when too many of us use more energy than is available on the Texas energy grid, things can get ugly in a hurry. In order to stave off th [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Six: FERC and the Path to Deregulation

The first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, but took 50 years for electrical service to enter only a fraction of American homes. Innovation and entrepreneurial genius expanded service across the country — only to be short-circuited in the 1920's and 1930's by [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Five: Rules and Regulations

[caption id="attachment_16340" align="alignright" width="254"] President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Image courtesty of https://en.wikipedia.org[/caption] Even though the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, it took 50 years for electrical service to enter [...]

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Get Your Tech on with the 2015 Mid-Year Gadget Guide

Now that June is here, two important facts about the calendar are startlingly clear: It's six months after Christmas, which means all those hyped gadgets from December 2014 are either holding up well, have lost their shine, or lie broken and abandoned in a corner somewh [...]

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Shear luck? Strong winds may keep the hurricanes away this summer.Image courtesy NOAA

Analyzing the Predictions for the 2015 Hurricane Season

[caption id="attachment_16242" align="alignright" width="500"] Shear luck? Strong winds may keep the hurricanes away this summer. Image courtesy of NOAA (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/figure4.gif)[/caption] On May 27, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmos [...]

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Where the Sam Hill do I recycle all this stuff?

Recycling Nearest You – Get There!

[caption id="attachment_16168" align="alignright" width="300"] Where the Sam Hill do I recycle all this stuff?[/caption] Recycling is a must! It keeps waste out of the landfills, it replaces the need for raw materials for manufacturers (which lowers industrial pollution), [...]

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Five Mega-Must-Dos When Making Your Move

Whether you’re moving across town, across the state, or across the country, moving time is one of the most stressful things your family will ever do. Apart from the sadness of leaving familiar places and people and the anticipation of a new home, there’s the whole pain i [...]

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Checking Out the Early Predictions for the 2015 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. NOAA generally doesn’t release its seasonal predictions until the end of May which coming on the heels of Tropical Storm Ana seems to be cutting it a bit close. Still, three other prediction services [...]

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