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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How Power Surges Occur in Your Home

Power surges are sudden increases in potential energy that can overload electrical circuits, appliances, and electronics in your home. They can occur for several reasons and it is a good idea to take measures protecting your home from them. Power surges can damage electronic components and even totally fry items, like computers.

The most common cause of electrical surges is lightning. A lightning strike, even just near a power line, is enough to increase the nearby electrical currents by millions of volts. Most conventional surge protectors in your home cannot withstand the surge from a lightning strike, so the best way to save sensitive electronics like computers is to unplug them until after the storm passes.

Power surges can also be caused by some demanding appliances in your home. Refrigerators and air conditioners require a boost of electricity when turning on compressors and fan motors. These types

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The Naughty and Nice Lists – Appliances

We recently told you how you can find out how much energy your electronics and appliances consume. Today, we are going to look at a few appliances that are commonly found in homes and how much energy they consume, essentially writing up a Naughty and a Nice list for them!

COOLING

Naughty: 3.5 Ton Air Conditioner (10,530 kWh/year)       

Nice: Evaporative Cooler (1,150 kWh/year)

Air conditioners use a lot of energy and they are built to cool an entire house at once. Evaporative coolers cool just a single small room, so using one in whatever room you are in can make a big difference in the air temperature while providing big savings on your bill.

HEATING

Naughty: Portable Heater (630 kWh/year)

Nice: Furnace and Fan (66 kWh/year)

Portable heaters come in different forms, but the small ones with a fan built in can circulate the warm

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Taking Your Money Back from the Grinch

Has the Grinch been stealing your holiday merriment by racking up charges on your energy bill? Do the lights not seem as bright because all you see is glowing dollar signs? It is time to take your money back from the Grinch! We have some holiday energy tips to help you weed out the naughty electronics, and get some nice ones that get the job done and save you some money.

Lighting is a major part of the holiday season not only because of all the festive lights everywhere, but also because it is getting darker sooner. Pretty much all of the holiday lights available these days are LED, which saves on electricity. We have talked about holiday lights before and how the LEDs compare to incandescent strands. Suffice it to say, LEDs are brighter, last longer, and consume less than a fifth the amount of energy of an incandescent

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Save Energy Year-Round With a Family Gift

This holiday season, why not treat the whole family to a warm gift that benefits them year round? Perhaps something to brighten up the holidays and every day? You can do just that by investing in learning thermostats and the latest in energy saving light bulbs! Bring some holiday cheer and energy savings to your home that will put smiles on your faces all year long.

Learning thermostats are powerful tools to reduce your energy bill. Home heating and cooling contributes to about half of your energy bill each month, so reducing that amount can make a big difference. Getting a programmable thermostat can help reduce your energy usage, but a learning thermostat can maximize your savings. Thermostats like the Nest actually pay attention to your climate control habits, such as when the heat is turned on, what temperature it’s set to, and when it’s shut off.

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The Naughty and Nice Lists – Electronics

Our homes are filled with all sorts of electrical appliances and devices. Which of those devices are naughty and which ones are nice, though? That is to say, what devices are more energy efficient and which ones are getting lumps of extra coal in their stockings? We’ll give you a quick rundown of how to figure out what your electronics are consuming and tips on how to cut back on that amount.

One way to figure out the energy consumption of your home electronics is to check out their Energy Guide label. Not all electronics carry this label, but those that do will give you an estimated yearly operating cost and energy consumption. The rate may vary depending on your electricity provider and the electricity plan you have, and the energy consumption will vary based on your usage of the product.

Other, more involved ways to track

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Using Thermostat Automation to Decrease Heating Costs

Thermostats are invaluable in a home that is constantly exposed to shifting temperatures year round. They help keep us nice and cool all summer long, and warm and toasty during winter months. Home climate control contributes to half of our energy bills each year because frequently, the AC or heat is left on even while there is no one home. Thermostat automation is a prime method to curbing this wasteful use of climate control systems, and they can even save you a bundle of money.

Automated thermostats, also called programmable thermostats, allow you to set periods of time throughout the day where the temperature settings will change according to the needs of that time. Say, for example, on a typical work day, you want to wake up to a warm home in the morning, set the thermostat to warm up to 70°F about a half hour before

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25 Energy Saving Holiday Gifts to Give, Pt. 3

Stuck wondering what to get your family and friends this holiday season? We have a list of awesome gadgets that can save energy and put a big smile on the recipient’s faces (and if you’re getting one of these great gift ideas for yourself, we won’t tell anybody). Energy savings are a year round holiday bonus!

Part 1  |  Part 2

20.  Rechargeable Batteries — For gifts that use common battery types like AA and AAA, rechargeable batteries and a charger will save on waste and keep your gift recipient happy. 

21.  Space Heater — Most people wouldn’t associate space heaters with energy efficiency, but they can actually save a lot of energy over your household heating. They are designed to only heat a small area, so as long as you’re not trying to warm an entire room, they can save you money.

22.  Blanket — A

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25 Energy Saving Holiday Gifts to Give, Pt. 2

Stuck wondering what to get your family and friends this holiday season? We have a list of awesome gadgets that can save energy and put a big smile on the recipient’s faces (and if you’re getting one of these great gift ideas for yourself, we won’t tell anybody). Energy savings are a year round holiday bonus!

Part 1

11.  Crock Pots — Crock Pots may not cook as fast as a pressure cooker, but they do save a lot of energy. Prep everything in the morning, load it in the crockpot and turn it on, and when you and your family get home from work and school, dinner will be ready to go!

12.  Light Bulbs — Yeah, they may seem like the socks of this wishlist, but with energy efficient, designer lighting like Plumen, bulbs can be functional and decorative. And since they are fluorescent, they

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25 Energy Saving Holiday Gifts to Give, Pt. 1

Stuck wondering what to get your family and friends this holiday season? We have a list of awesome gadgets that can save energy and put a big smile on the recipient’s faces (and if you’re getting one of these great gift ideas for yourself, we won’t tell anybody). Energy savings are a year round holiday bonus!

1.    Tablets — Tablets are far more energy efficient than desktops or even laptop computers. Since they run off a battery, they don’t always need to be plugged in which also saves on electricity.

2.    Energy Star Power Tools — Many appliances come with the Energy Star seal of approval these days, and that includes power tools. Give the handyman or woman in your life an energy efficient Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver kit so you can get the house back in shape after all the holiday

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