Published in “November 2009”


5 Tips for an Energy Efficient Thanksgiving

Holidays and energy efficiency. Probably not the first thought that crosses your mind as you build your shopping list, oil the turkey carver and stock up on patience before Uncle Bud and your 15 cousins invade for Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, energy efficiency during the holid [...]

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Get Started Cutting Your Cooling Costs Now: Whole House or Gable Attic Fans

Right now with these cooler autmn temperatures is the time to go an work in your attic adding insulation before winter's cold.But you can also do some planning for the summer heat.Air conditioning might be an effective way to cool your home but there are other active sys [...]

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Renewable Energy Credits in Texas

In response to the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in Texas, Retail Electric Providers have utilized RECs to help meet, and in some cases exceed, the requirements for increasing their renewable energy portfolio. RECs provide REPs with a measurable way to help the develo [...]

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Texas Leads Nation In Energy Efficient Home Construction

Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio top EPA list for most Energy Star homes The US Environmental Protection Agency announced that 1 million Energy Star compliant homes have been built since the Energy Star program began rating home construction in 1995. Most of these homes a [...]

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Harnessing Renewable Energy Sources in Texas

Moving forward on our quest to examine the potential for renewable energy in Texas, it's certainly worth mentioning that an estimated level of renewable energy, generated from biomass, wind and solar resources,  could equal nearly 4,330 quadrillion (4,330,000,000,000,000,0 [...]

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The Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard

Continuing the examination of the true potential for renewable energy in Texas, the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a vital piece of ongoing increases in clean energy generation in the state of Texas. The Texas RPS was created by Senate Bill 7 in 1999 to set [...]

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Federal Funding Awarded for an Energy Efficiency Program in Houston

I was reading the paper (well, scanning it really) and saw that the City of Houston was recently awarded a little over $23 million in federal funding to support a program called the Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). To me, that is a lot of money to be giving to a [...]

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The True Potential of Renewable Energy in Texas

A new age of renewable energy in Texas is rearing its beautiful little head, proving that even the largest oil-producing state in the U.S. can lead the way to greater energy sustainability. It's no secret that Texas is a wind energy champion. But what else is churning in the [...]

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