Electrical Safety Tips | Staying Safe in a Thunderstorm

Electrical safetyCirro Energy discusses electrical safety during thunderstorms. is an important topic, and you probably know a good deal about how to keep your home and family safe. You protect little fingers with outlet guards, you call the electric company about downed cables, and you never leave your hair dryer plugged in around water. But do you know the best things to do when a thunderstorm hits? Many of us think about weather safety during a bad storm, and we make sure everyone’s safely inside, but often we don’t think about electrical safety in that context. Given the recent rough weather in Texas, electrical safety during storms is an important subject to revisit. Here are a few precautions to take next time a thunderstorm hits:

  • In advance of a storm, make sure your family is prepared. Assemble a disaster preparedness kit, with food, water and supplies to last 72 hours in case you’re stuck without power or other utilities. Make a family communications plan, too, providing each family member with important phone numbers in case you’re separated during an emergency situation. Teach all the members of your family to text, because texting sometimes gets around network outages when calling is not possible.
  • When you know a storm is approaching, get to a safe place. It’s best to be inside during a storm, but if you’re stuck outside, know the best practices to stay safe. Small structures, such as stand-alone public restrooms and rain shelters, do not offer adequate protection, so find an established building grounded with plumbing and electrical systems. Barring that, the steel frame of an automobile will offer a safe shelter. If there’s no shelter available, crouch on the ground, tuck your head and cover your ears. Bring in your pets, because animals in outdoor shelters are not safe and those chained to a fence are at great risk of lightning strike.
  • Stay safe indoors, too. Stay away from windows and doors, and avoid contact with electrical equipment. Also avoid contact with water and plumbing as much as possible, including sinks, faucets and baths.
  • Don’t use electronics during a storm. If you must use a phone, use a cordless phone or cell phone. You can purchase surge protectors, and probably should, in case of minor power surges. Be aware, however, that surge protectors do not offer adequate protection in the case of a direct lightning strike. In general, it’s safest to unplug your electronics when you know the storm is approaching.
  • Pay attention to emergency broadcasts. Tune into local radio and TV stations as soon as the weather starts to turn. Storms can form quickly and it’s important to have real-time information. You can even prepare yourself in advance by downloading severe weather apps from local news services to your mobile phone. That way, no matter where you are, you’ll have the information you need to keep your family safe.

Electrical safety is an important part of protecting your family from harm. Helping your family thrive is important to Cirro Energy, which is why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cirro Energy | When Good Clouds Go Bad

What’s more relaxing than cloud gazing on a warm summer afternoon? As time goes by, you may notice there are many different types of clouds. Among them is the cirrus cloud. Yes, Cirro Energy was named after a type of cloud! Cirro means “wisp of hair” and it’s a term used to describe high altitude clouds made entirely of tiny ice crystals. While these clouds may be beautiful and harmless, not all clouds are. Do you know how to tell a good cloud from a dangerous one? In the interest of protecting your well-being, here are a few weather safety tips to keep you in the know.Cirrus Cloud Image

Recently, Texas residents have had surprising encounters with clouds, though it wasn’t the type of encounter some of them initially thought it was. After severe weather hit eastern Texas on May 25, a series of lenticular clouds rolled through Robertson and Leon counties, looking suspiciously like UFOs! This type of cloud is rare in most places, although they’re commonly seen over mountains because they’re formed by fast moving air moving over a topographic barrier. Some people were quite spooked by their appearance in Texas, but you needn’t worry; if you see lenticular clouds, it doesn’t mean we’re being invaded.Lenticular Cloud Image

Sometimes, though, clouds are a cause for concern.

Everyone knows the ominous funnel-shaped tornado cloud, but do you know what precedes it? The sky often gets dark, sometimes greenish. Wall clouds may be seen, or you might witness the approach of a cloud of debris. Right before the tornado strikes, the wind may die down, leaving the air very still, but then again, you might hear a loud roar, similar to a freight train. Meteorology has come a long way in predicting tornadoes, but there are still many variables, so the best plan is to be prepared. One thing to note is that while tornadoes can happen any time, they typically strike between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.Pre-Tornado Cloud Image

Shelf clouds have an outer part that’s smooth, with a tiered look underneath, accompanied by rising motion. They look interesting, but be cautious: they can bring strong winds.Shelf Cloud Image

Cumulonimbus clouds are also known as thunderclouds. Tall, dense and unstable, they’re often triggered by a cold front and can produce thunder, lightning and rain. Be prepared to take cover when you see these big, dense clouds.Cumulonimbus Cloud Image

Clouds can be both beautiful and dangerous. A photographer in Colorado captured a picture of this double tornado touching down. It’s a great shot, but we don’t recommend that you try this at home! If you see dangerous storm clouds, put down the camera and seek shelter. Leave the storm chasing to the professionals.Double Tornado Image

From weather safety tips to advice on making your home more energy efficient, Cirro Energy provides information that’s important to your family. Helping families thrive is important to us, and that’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electricity plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Energy Saving Tips for a Texas Summer

thermometer imageIs there any more important time for energy saving tips than during a Texas summer? When days reach 100 degrees, and the air conditioner seems to run all day without stopping, you can almost hear the sound of your energy costs rising. Here, from Cirro Energy, are some energy saving tips that give your budget a break, yet don’t require your family to swelter in the Texas heat.

  • Plan your day to save energy. In addition to raising the temperature when you’re not at home, make a point to run appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine and dryer at night, when it’s cooler outside. Meal planning, too, can save on energy costs, if you elect to serve some summer fare that doesn’t require you to use the oven.
  • Fill your fridge. Did you know that your refrigerator and freezer work more efficiently when they’re full? Even if you don’t currently have the groceries to stock it up, keeping your refrigerator full of bottles of water can make a big difference
  • Only use one refrigerator/freezer. Using a second fridge takes twice as much energy, so stick with one if possible. If you need to use a second one for special occasions, like when you have guests, keep it unplugged until a day or two before you need it. When storing a refrigerator, don’t keep it in a space that isn’t air conditioned, because that can damage it and cause it to work inefficiently.
  • Use a DVD or Blue Ray player to watch your movies. Using a game console, like an X-Box or PlayStation, can use up to five times more power than a traditional player.
  • Be smart about energy efficiency in your home. Clean or replace your air filters every three months, seal cracks around doors and windows, keep your shades drawn when the air conditioner is on and use ceiling fans to circulate cool air. All of these measures, working together, can add up to savings you can see on your monthly energy bill.
  • Be mindful of vampires. Unplug electronic equipment when it’s not in use to keep it from leaching energy for no reason. An easy way to do this is to use power strips, which can be easily turned off and back on, switching off a whole group of electronics at once.

Helping you save money on electricity is what Cirro Energy is all about.  That’s why we offer energy saving tips and electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit cirroenergy.com. To connect with the online community and learn more, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Summer Fun Thursdays | Powered By Cirro Energy

Cirro Energy offers information about Summer Fun Thursdays at Willow Bend Mall. While summer is exciting, sometimes the long summer days stretch before you with few options to entertain your children. Rest easy.  Cirro Energy and Willow Bend Mall have you covered! Willow Bend is hosting Summer Fun Thursdays from June 11 -July 30 to give you a fun, free activity for the whole family. Cirro Energy is excited to be a key sponsor of this great event, and our support is helping thousands of parents and kids enjoy live performances and entertainment every Thursday this summer.

The fun begins on June 11 and runs through July 30, with free performances beginning at 1 p.m. each week in the Grand Court, between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court, and pre-show entertainment starting at noon

Here are some of the exciting events planned for this summer:

  • June 11, 2015:  The Amazing Bubble Man:  Witty and lovable, the Amazing Bubble Man has an equally amazing rapport with his young audience.
  • June 18, 2015:  James Wand’s Secret Agent Magic Show.  Your kids will laugh and cheer their way through this high-energy show with the exciting adventures of a secret agent magician, with an evil enemy named Dr. No-No.
  • June 25, 2015:  Vocal Trash: A Stomping Sensation.  Street Show, by Vocal Trash, features stomp-style drumming and a Capella harmony, in a performance that combines music, dance, comedy and audience participation just for kids.
  • July 2, 2015:  The Wacky World of Professor Brainius.  Professor Brainius fills an hour with laughs and learning, featuring experiments, sing-a-longs and activities that require audience participation and hands-on fun.
  • July 9, 2015:  David Chicken Live Show Spectacular.  David Chicken is a talented singer-songwriter who leads the audience through a high-energy, interactive performance filled with creative movement, motivational messages and general hilarity. He even invites members of the audience on stage to sing, play musical instruments and be a star!
  • July 16, 2015:  The Not-Its! The Not-Its! are known for their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. This Seattle “kindie rock” quintet has just released their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, guaranteed to get kids and their parents on the floor, raising their hands for more!
  • July 23, 2015:  Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey®. Ambassadors of laughter, Slappy and Monday, aim to boost circus-goers excitement, prior to LEGENDS coming to American Airlines Center July 29 – August 9 and Ft. Worth Convention Center August 12 – 16.  Purchase your circus tickets here!
  • July 30, 2015:  Live on Stage with Lizza Connor. Award-winning artist Lizza Connor will perform whimsical, funny songs from her new album, Commander Salamander, designed to entertain and inspire.

Providing summer fun is just one way Cirro Energy helps families thrive in the communities we serve. That’s why we offer low, fixed price plans to fit your family’s electricity needs and work within your budget. For more information on our electricity plans, visit us at www.cirroenergy.com. For the latest Cirro Energy news, tips and events, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Energy Saving Tips for You | Healthy Ways to Stay Energized

Energy-Saving-Tips-to-Stay-HealthyMost of us are always on the lookout for energy saving tips to keep our homes operating at optimal energy efficiency. However, we often neglect to find energy tips that benefit our own bodies. Are you using your personal energy wisely? Does it seem difficult, sometimes, to find the energy you need to get through your busy day and do the important things you need to do? Here are some tips to help improve your energy levels on a daily basis, so you can expend your energy on the things that really matter.

Think about this: we all have the same amount of time in a day, but we don’t all seem to have the same amount of energy. Why is that? Granted, some people are busier than others, and have more to fit into their days, but even among those with very similar workloads, there’s a broad discrepancy. How is it that some people have learned to fill their finite time with seemingly infinite reserves of energy, while others lag and struggle to get things accomplished? Here are just a few of the energy boosting tips they follow that can improve your energy and your general health.

  • Get moving early. Remember Newton’s Law? Objects in motion, stay in motion. The best way to start your day is with a short burst of exercise to get your body moving and your blood flowing.
  • Fuel your body with the right kinds of food. Think of food in terms of how much energy it provides, and you’ll be surprised at how differently you feel. Start the morning off with protein and snack frequently during the day, but limit your intake of coffee and sugary treats. Instead, boost your energy with a handful of nuts, a piece of fruit, some yogurt or another nutrient-packed snack.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help alleviate dehydration symptoms like headache and fatigue, and some experts advocate drinking water instead of coffee first thing in the morning. When you’re exercising, try electrolyte infused water to keep you going and fight fatigue.
  • Take time to refresh, throughout the day. It’s no wonder people feel fatigued sitting in one place staring at a screen all day. Take breaks to get up and move around, and while you’re up, make a point to notice your surroundings. When you can’t leave your desk, make a point to exercise your eyes frequently, focusing on something across the room for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Even small amounts of movement can get your blood flowing and boost energy levels.
  • Breathe. Develop the habit of breathing deeply while purposefully quieting your mind and improving your mental focus. To calm your brain, and create a sort of mental reboot, take a moment to yourself, close your eyes, clear your mind and take several deep breaths.
  • Get some exercise. Keep it calm, practice yoga or stretching, and you’ll find that a 5-10 minute workout session once a day will help you wind down and may improve your quality of sleep.
  • Limit consumption of alcohol as well as caffeine. Just as you’ve lowered the amount of coffee you drink, so you should limit your intake of alcohol. You’re probably aware that drinking too much coffee can be disruptive to your sleep, but did you know that drinking alcohol before bed, can have a similar effect? Both can cause a restless night, leaving you feeling drained during the day.
  • Get plenty of rest. The restorative powers of sleep are well-known. Aim for at least 7 hours each night and keep the same sleep schedule on the weekend that you’ve established during the week. If you find your energy flagging in the afternoon, consider a power nap of 10-20 minutes to give you a boost. Some of the greatest minds in history have found catnaps to be extremely rejuvenating.
  • Remember that energy is not just physical. Keeping your mind active and promoting social interaction can help you thrive and avoid problems like Alzheimer’s. Prioritize your connections with other people and take time to exercise your mind as well as your body, by reading and engaging in challenging games and puzzles, including crosswords and Sudoku.

Helping you thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer energy saving tips to help you save money, as well as electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit our website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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DIY Herb Gardens to Save Money for Homeowners

DIY-Herb-Gardens-for-HomeownersIf you’re like most homeowners, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save money. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to feed your family healthy meals with produce free from pesticides and harmful chemicals. Growing your own herb garden is the best of both worlds, allowing you to provide your family with delicious and varied meals full of healthful herbs that you can be sure are free from toxins. Another appealing factor for homeowners is that herb gardens can be a charming addition to your kitchen or patio in a beautiful container garden that can be as small or large as suits your style.

Herb gardens are easy to start. Choose a few favorites to begin, like basil, rosemary, oregano, cilantro or dill. Put them in the sunniest spot you can find, and don’t fuss over them too much; one of the best things about this kind of garden is that it doesn’t require much attention or energy. Some herbs, like mint, will really take off, and may even threaten to take over, if more than one herb is sharing a pot with it! Having herbs growing in your kitchen or garden will save you a great deal of money and are convenient  compared to buying fresh herbs from the store or farmer’s market every time you need them for a recipe. Even better, you’ll know exactly where they came from and what they’ve been exposed to.

You can choose your own containers and fit the garden easily into your décor. Maybe you have a yard with space for a garden or a patio that can accommodate a sizable container garden; either of these can be stocked with a variety of herbs and maybe even some vegetables, if space permits. If your area is more limited, you might choose a smaller, decorative solution like teacups on hooks or hanging planters. For an inexpensive yet attractive herb garden, you might even like to try this ingenious idea, using tin cans to create a surprisingly sophisticated look.

Whether providing tips on how to save money and live healthy lives or working to provide electric plans that fit their budgets, helping homeowners and their families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit cirroenergy.com. To connect with like-minded homeowners, connect with the online community, by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter

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Cirro Energy | Electrical Safety Tips for Electrical Safety Month

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At Cirro Energy, we care a great deal about electrical safety. That’s why we were pretty excited to learn that this month is Electrical Safety Month! Electricity is one of the greatest benefits of the modern age, but it can be one of the most dangerous if it’s not handled with care and respect. So, in honor of Electrical Safety Month, here are a few tips from Cirro Energy to help keep your family safe.

  • Keep extension cords out from underfoot! Never run extension cords across doorways or under carpets and make sure all electric cords are tucked away, neat and tidy. Pets might chew on them and children could tug on them and cause people to trip or heavy appliances to fall.
  • Don’t overload outlets. Not only could this damage the electrical system in your house, but it could even cause a fire. Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets.
  • Some appliances, like clocks, televisions and computer monitors, need room to breathe. All electric appliances generate heat when plugged in, so you should make sure they have several inches of clearance on all sides for good air circulation and cooling. Never drape clothes, toys or other items over warm appliances or lamps.
  • Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Make sure to keep all electrical appliances away from not only from water in sinks, bathtubs or pools, but also from areas prone to dripping, like underneath overhead vents.
  • Never yank or tug an electrical cord. Pulling on the cord to unplug it from the wall can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet.
  • Keep an eye on your cords. Never use extension cords that are kinked, frayed or cracked and never staple or nail them down. Be sure that everyone in the family knows that extension cords are not ropes and should not be used to jump rope or secure anything. Where possible, keep cords out of the reach of any household pets.
  • Handle lightbulbs with care. Did you know that if a bulb isn’t screwed in securely, it could create sparks? In addition, a broken CFL bulb is a cause for caution. If your CFL bulb breaks, open a window and keep everyone, including pets, out of the room for at least 15 minutes.

Electrical safety is important to Cirro Energy, because we care about helping families thrive. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cirro Energy | The Energy Efficient Spring Cleaning Checklist

As Texas begins to thaw, homeowners and renters alike begin to think of bluebonnets, swimming pools and, of course, spring-cleaning. A time-honored tradition, this is typically the time when the whole house gets turned inside out in an effort to roust the dirt from all its many hiding places. With the hot summer months just around the bend, spring cleaning is also the best time to make your home more energy efficient. With these quick and easy energy saving tips from Cirro Energy, you can get the most out of spring cleaning.

Making your home more energy efficient may be easier than you think! Little things like using energy efficient light bulbs, dusting air vents and changing air filters can add up to make a big difference. Use this checklist to make the most of your spring cleaning, and start saving energy in your home:

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What else should you do for your home this spring? It’s a great time to perform a safety inspection. Test and replace batteries in all smoke detectors, check fire extinguishers and check/clean power outlets. Keeping your home safe, clean and in good working order is all a part of helping your family thrive.

Helping homeowners and their families is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cirro Energy | Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Will Save You Energy

Cirro-EnergyAt Cirro Energy, we understand that sometimes being thrifty can put a damper on your social life. This is especially true on holidays such as Valentine’s Day, when everyone’s either going out and spending money on a big date or staying in and spending energy cooking an elaborate meal. How can you conquer this conundrum? Cirro Energy has some great ideas for energy-saving Valentine’s Day dates.

  • Enjoy the great outdoors. A stroll in the park, a day at the arboretum, or even a trip to the lake costs little to nothing, and yet benefits the body and soul. Plan a day date to fit your couple personality: if you’re active, try a new adventure; if you’re more easygoing, try a scenic walk.
  • Have candlelit snacks. Taken from an ancient Persian poem, “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” Why not dine on bread, cheese and wine by candlelight and reminisce about your relationship?
  • Order in. Save your energy, and the energy in your home, by deciding not to cook this year. Instead, order in, perhaps exploring a cuisine that’s new to you or maybe just enjoying an old favorite.
  • If you’re determined to cook that romantic dinner, use good energy sense. Consider something that can be made in the slow cooker or a dinner that requires minimal cooking time. If you’re using the oven, use ceramic or glass baking dishes, and you’ll be able to set your oven for 25 degrees less than the recipe suggests.
  • Make Valentine’s Day a family affair. Save gas, energy and money by skipping the usual babysitter and date night routine. Instead, throw a family party with homemade decorations, favorite snacks and handmade cards to exchange. You’ll be saving energy while building memories and reinforcing familial bonds.

Building strong relationships is important to a strong family life, and helping families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit www.cirroenergy.com. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cirro Energy | Indoor winter fun activities to help kids burn energy

cirro-energyAt Cirro Energy, we understand the needs of families in our community. When the weather outside is frightful, and all your kids want to do is sit and play the video games they received as holiday gifts, your family probably needs some new ideas for staying active while stuck indoors. Don’t worry! Here are a few suggestions from Cirro Energy for fun indoor activities to keep the kids active (and perhaps save the sanity of their loving parents).

  • Have an impromptu dance party! Nothing gets the heart pumping like some lively music, and this is a great activity for the whole family. Not only is it a good way to help kids burn energy, but you can also show off your silliest dance moves for some family fun!
  • Create an indoor obstacle course. Use an inexpensive indoor tunnel and some throw pillows or couch cushions, and maybe a hula-hoop or two, to turn a large room into a fun obstacle course raceway.
  • Make the most of the video games. When choosing video games for your children, choose games that encourage them to be active. You know they’ll want to spend all their time playing, so why not use that time wisely?
  • Organize an indoor holiday parade! Designate a parade route through the house, give the little ones some toy instruments or pots and pans, dress them in holiday finery, throw on some marching music, and let the noisy fun begin!
  • Pull out the old favorites. You don’t have to be high-tech or modern to have a great time being active inside. Think back to the games you played as a child for inspiration: tape off a hopscotch game in the kitchen, have crab-walking races across the living room or play Simon Says in the family room.

Finding ways for kids to burn off their energy is great for the whole family, but burning through energy at your house is not so good for your electric bill. If you need help managing your energy costs, you’ve got an ally, because helping families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electricity plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electricity plans, visit the Cirro Energy website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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