Published in “June 2010”

Hurricane Preparedness for Texas Residents

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts this hurricane season to be "active to extremely active". Due to several atmospheric changes, the amount of hurricanes has increased dramatically this year. Local and state governments are doing what they can in or [...]

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Grilling Safety Tips for Summer BBQs

It might have been a while since the last time you barbecued but the time is back! Before you make grilling a weekly routine there are some issues to be addressed. First of all, clean your grill and utensils. It might be a long time since they've been cleaned so who know [...]

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Summer Tips When Out in the Sun

There is no age limit to wearing sunscreen. The following information applies to people of all ages. Sunburn is anything but a good time so we need to know how to avoid them but still “get some sun”. About 15 to 20 minutes before being in the sun, go ahead and apply sunb [...]

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Cash for Caulkers Update

What has been dubbed "Home Star 2.0" has been introduced to the full Senate on May 27 by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Jeff Bingman, Chair; Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member).  The version of the bill, S.3434, has bi-partisan support and there are some hop [...]

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Water safety

Summertime is here and the livin’ is easy, well not that easy if you have young children. I personally do not have any children of my own but I do have enough cousins to know some water safety tips. First off, it is crucial that kids be put in swimming lessons as soon as p [...]

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Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

With hurricane season beginning on June 1st, (ends November 30th) it is important for everyone to be aware and prepared. People living in the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts are more likely to experience this type of event so it's important for them to be ready when a hurricane hit [...]

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Energy Savings With a Programmable Thermostat

In our 10 Ways to Save on Your New Home's Electricity Bill post, we talked about how a programmable thermostat can help you save on your home's cooling costs. Programmable thermostats helps you save by having pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in the [...]

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Tips for Moving with Children

Moving is typically pretty hard, but moving with children is exponentially harder. Whether you are relocating around town or out of state, it can definitely have an effect on all family members. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help ease the transition f [...]

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Summary: Why is Texas the Model for Energy Deregulation?

An interesting article called Why is Texas the Model for Energy Deregulation? briefly lays out the reasons for why the deregulated energy market not only works but also why the old regulated system was going to carry  Texas' energy needs into the next century. A decade a [...]

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Summary: How Deregulation Drives Innovation

Here's a brief analysis of deregulation and energy innovation called How Deregulation Drives Innovation.  It compares the unresponsiveness of the old monopoly system with the need for agility in the modern deregulated energy market. Throughout the country, more and more [...]

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