Tips for Choosing a Texas Electricity Provider

If you’re in the market for a new electricity provider in Texas, we have some tips for you. There are a few things to take into consideration when choosing a provider, even just beyond the price. To make sure you’re getting a good deal, you need to shop around and look at the details for each plan. Before switching, make sure you’re at a point where you can switch without being penalized. This means you need to either be at the end of your contract or on a no contract plan.

Variable vs. Fixed Rates

Once you’re certain it’s the right time to switch, you need to figure out what kind of plan you need. The two most common plans are variable and fixed rate. Variable plans change their monthly rate every month based on market conditions, while fixed rate plans are locked in for the duration

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National Safety Month, Pt. 3: Electric Equipment

Part 1 – Electrical Outages

Part 2 - Outdoor Home Projects

If you see any issues with electrical equipment like transformers, power lines, guy wires, or electricity meters, DO NOT try to fix them yourself. Contact your local utility to have them inspect it. Distribution lines (power lines on telephone poles) and especially transmission lines (tall metal towers) have potentially lethal amounts of electricity flowing through them and should never be touched.

Assume every power line you see is live. This is a critical safety precaution that can save lives. It is best to stay clear of any power lines, even if they are perfectly intact. For example, you don’t want to be climbing a tree where a branch can touch a power line. Should you see power lines running through a tree, contact your utility so they can trim the branches around the lines.

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Celebrating our Texas Veterans

Source Power & Gas wants to thank our customers who have served in the military, honoring our forefathers who have served this country since its inception when we declared independence from British rule on July 4, 1776.

The Origin of Independence Day

Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The document formally declared the colonies’ decisions to secede from British rule and become their own nation: The United States of America. Promising the “unalienable Rights . . . Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 individuals from all of the colonies. These individuals, along with countless others, were tired of the oppression laid upon them by the British Empire.

At the time, the Thirteen Colonies were at war with Great Britain. Great Britain had been plunging into debt since the end of

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4th of July Safety Information

Next Saturday is the 4th of July and if you’re planning to have a blast that day, we want you to be responsible and cautious about it. Keeping yourself, your family, and your pets safe while celebrating our nation’s Independence Day should be a number one concern. An average of 240 people are injured around this time due to fireworks mishaps, 36% of which are hand and finger injuries, 22% injure the head, and 16% injure the eyes.

Firework Precautions

First of all, never let children handle, play with, or ignite fireworks. If you have acquired fireworks that are wrapped in brown paper, they are likely professional level fireworks and could cause some major damage to people or property. Just because some pieces, like sparklers, seem safe doesn’t mean they are. Sparklers burn at about 2000° which is about the same as a blowtorch, and that can

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National Safety Month, Pt. 2: Outdoor Home Projects

Part 1 – Electrical Outages

If you’ve got some yard work planned this summer, we want to make sure you exercise proper electric safety when it comes to your DIY projects. Before doing anything in your yard that requires digging, be sure to call 811. The 811 service will route your call to your local branch of 811. It usually takes about 2-3 days for all involved utility providers to mark the underground lines, and it’s best to check off each utility once they have marked any lines. The 811 call center will provide a list of each utility that will be involved.

Once you have all the proper lines marked, you can begin your own work. Perhaps you’re installing a pool, or maybe you want to do some landscaping. Pools are a great way to cool yourself off on a hot day, but

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The Smart Home: A Byproduct of the Smartphone Generation

Ever since the iPhone was unveiled in 2007, smartphones have been bringing our world closer together. Part of that shrinking world of interconnected devices spawned smart homes: a house that integrates several technologies together so as to make our lives easier and more efficient. Smart homes, despite an increase in electrical devices, can actually reduce electricity usage by regulating numerous aspects, such as climate control and clothes washing.

Today, smart homes use devices like the Nest learning thermostat to adjust the temperature inside the home based on the current weather and your family’s presence over the course of a day to make an efficient schedule for climate control. The Nest app will notify you of ways to reduce energy use so you can maximize your savings. The way the Nest tracks energy use for climate control got Utah resident Dustin Bond thinking about energy consumption as a

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The Top Smart Light Bulbs for Smart Homes

Smart homes are the future of houses, and a smart home needs a smart light. More and more technologies are becoming interconnected: smartphones, thermostats, watches, washing machines, and now light bulbs. So what makes a smart light bulb smart? Is it the energy efficient LEDs? The smartphone integration and control? The long lasting bulbs? It’s hard to pick just one point, so we’ll tell you about a few of the bulbs so you can pick a favorite for yourself

1. Cree Connected LED – One of the cheapest smart bulbs (about $15) on the market, the Cree Connected bulb is an affordable option for diffused indoor light. Unfortunately, they do require a hub and don’t work too well with dimmer switches.

2. GE Link – The cheapest bulb at just over $11 on Amazon, the GE Link bulb is the most affordable option. It also requires a

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7 Hacks for Beating the Heat All Summer Long

Air conditioners are very costly to run all day, every day, all summer long, particularly in extremely high temperatures. We have some tips on how to keep cool while reducing your AC use, which can save you money on your monthly electric bill. In addition, you’ll be doing the Earth a favor by helping reduce carbon emissions!

1. Lightweight, Loose Clothing – Loose clothing is more breathable (better airflow around your body). If possible, try to use clothing made from light colored, natural fibers, rather than synthetic ones. Lightweight, natural fibers help wick away moisture, which will keep you cooler. Wearing light colors helps to reflect light off of you, also keeping you cooler.

2. Cold Cotton Sheets – An hour before you do go to bed, put some cotton sheets in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer. When you go to bed, the

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Help Source Power & Gas Support the Daniel Hatten Family

The Source Power & Gas team would like to share Daniel Hatten’s story with you.

Daniel grew up in Texas and married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, almost 20 years ago. They have three daughters and one son. In April, after weeks of experiencing symptoms ranging from vision impairment to balance issues and incoherent speech, a tumor on Daniel’s brain stem was discovered after many scans and MRIs. Two and a half weeks after receiving the news about the brain tumor and having a biopsy performed, medical professionals determined that Daniel’s tumor is incurable. Though his cancer is terminal, Daniel began six weeks of radiation at the end of May to maintain his current status.

Daniel hopes that radiation will allow him to make more special memories with his loved ones – to be able to walk his oldest daughter down the aisle on her wedding day,

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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is almost here, so it’s time to get dear old Dad that one gift he’s been wanting! If you’re not sure what to get him, we have a few ideas for you. Whether he’s a lawn care specialist or just an avid coffee drinker, we’re certain we’ve got something here he’ll love.

Cuisinart Single Cup Grind & Brew – Single serve coffee machines have really taken off in recent years. If Dad’s one for conserving energy, he knows that single cup is the way to go since you don’t have to brew a whole pot at once. But what to do with all those plastic pods? Enter the Cuisinart Single Cup Grind & Brew. It will reduce waste by eliminating the pods and gives dad that fresh ground taste.

Fluxmob Bolt – If your dad is always on the go and having trouble keeping his

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